- Honorary Degree (2011)
- Doctor of Science
- Bloomington, Indiana
- Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie
Adams earned a Ph.D. in physiological optics from IU Bloomington in 1970. He was a teaching assistant, lecturer and faculty chairman in the Division of Optometry, serving in those various roles from 1963-1981. Referred to in one nominating letter as "the most important figure in the American Academy of Optometry over the past 50 years," Adams has studied the early vision changes of diabetics and has discovered some of the earliest vision and retinal function changes of patients with diabetes. He also has studied myopia development in children.