Meet the Williams Eye Works Team

Williams Eye Works was established in 1995, and has since grown from a one man optical concession into an independent, full service optical center. Today, with 9 dedicated staff members, our professional staff of opticians and optometrists have the knowledge and experience to meet all your optical needs.

To deliver an exceptional experience, Williams Eye Works relies on its staff. The diverse Williams Eye Works team has several multilingual members that can speak Spanish, Albanian and Polish. We house one of NYC’s largest collections of eyewear with over 10,000 products representing more than 200 brands. By utilizing the latest optical and office technology, our professional staff ensures your experience is exceptional.

At Williams Eye Works, it is our goal to provide the highest standard of services and products to achieve the best visual experience possible. We recognize that every individual has unique visual needs, based on how you use your time and your eyes. Williams Eye Works prides itself on our attentive customer service, utilizing our expert level knowledge to fit you with the best products for your unique lifestyle.

Below, you can meet our team and learn more about what makes Williams Eye Works worth the trip.

Chris Williams | Owner & Founder

Chris is a proud 3rd generation Staten Islander. At only fourteen years old, Chris found himself working as the “cleaning kid” at Cohen’s Optical in the Staten Island Mall. After earning his New York State Optician’s License and years of experience, Chris opened the doors of Williams Eye Works to the public in May 1995. Throughout his life, Chris has been a committed Boy Scout Leader and Rotarian. He believe’s greatly in the value of having small businesses present to enrich a community.

“As a businessman and community member, I firmly believe that a local business makes a commitment to serving and enriching its own neighborhood by having a local clientele.” – Chris

Fun Fact:

Chris became a motorcycle enthusiast at the age of 50.

Ryan Williams | Optician

Ryan earned his optician’s license in 2016. As the oldest son of owner and founder Chris, Ryan began working at the store at a young age. His involvement at Williams Eye Works, and other local organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, fostered Ryan’s love for the community. At the age of 18, Ryan earned his Eagle Scout ranking. Today, Ryan still enjoys being involved in the community by participating in organizations like BNI.

“I love working with people.” – Ryan Williams

Fun Fact:

Ryan has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

John Williams | Optician & Shopman

John is the master shopman of Williams Eye Works. As the youngest son of owner and founder Chris Williams, John began working at the store at the age 12 when he asked for a job. He started as the “cleaning boy” in the afternoons, and has since grown to fill a number of diverse roles at Williams Eye Works. In 2018, John earned his opticianry license and certification as a contact lens technician.

“I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.” – John Williams

Fun Fact:

John has a black belt in Taekwondo.

Dr. Michael Zylinski | Optometrist

Dr. Zylinski received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2013 from New England College of Optometry. Born in Poland, he spent his childhood in Brooklyn and went on to study at Stony Brook University in Long Island. In just five years of practicing optometry, Dr. Zylinski is currently rated the number one optometrist in Staten Island by

“At Williams Eye Works I get to work with true professionals and I get to practice the full scope of optometry, its a great place to be.” – Dr. Zylinski

Fun Fact:

Dr. Zylinski played Division 1 Basketball at Stony Brook University.

Merjeme | Optician

Merjeme is a licensed Optician and Contact Lens Technician. She has been part of the Williams Eye Works team for eleven years!

Fun Fact:

Merjeme is bilingual, fluent in English and Albanian.