Meet Our Doctors

Comprehensive eye exams are performed by Dr. Matthew W. Gifford, Dr. Andrew Kohn and Dr. Anita Patel. Not only will you be evaluated for current eyeglass and/or contact lens prescriptions, you will also be checked for ocular disease.

Dr. Matthew Gifford

Owner/Optometrist

Dr. Gifford grew up in the Chicago land area. He graduated from Chicago’s Illinois College of Optometry in 1997. He completed his externship training at The Brunswick Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Maine. Dr. Gifford is married with 2 grown step children and one grandson! In his spare time he enjoys travel, golf, live music, going out to dinner, and reading. Dr. Gifford is Board Certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease. His special interest is corneal disease. Dr. Gifford is a member of the American Optometric Association. He co-manages Lasik vision correction with The Kraff Eye Institute. He enjoys volunteering around Chicago as well as traveling worldwide with his wife providing eye care, eyeglasses and medications to those in need. Their latest trip was to The Ivory Coast, Africa in May of 2017 with Ivory Coast Mothers and Children. They have also volunteered many times in remote villages of Haiti and Honduras.

Dr. Anita Patel

Optometrist

Dr. Anita Patel grew up in White Plains, NY and graduated from The State Univ. of NY, College of Optometry in 2001. She completed an ocular disease externship at the VA Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Boston University. Before moving to Chicago in 2014, she practiced in CO and NJ. Prior to joining Red Eye Eyewear full time, she worked with an Oculoplastic surgeon in the Loop. When she’s not being a mom to her two daughters (9 & 6), she likes to travel, read, cook, ski and find new places to eat in the city.

"The Floor Team"

We are committed to providing thorough eye care as well as unique and contemporary eye wear. We offer the latest lens technology in a decidedly non-clinical setting. Meet the wonderful, bright staff that will be helping you look your best.

Patty

Optician

Patty grew up in the Chicago land area and has been in the optical industry for over 30 years. She has two grown children and two grandchildren. When she is not at work, she loves spending time with all of them. She also enjoys movies, live music, reading and lounging around with her two cats.

Leslie

Optician

Leslie grew up in the suburbs of Flint, MI and went to school at both Saginaw Valley University and Michigan State University. She plans to undergo training with the ultimate goal of becoming a neurodiagnostic technologist. Leslie moved to Chicago in 2016 where she lives in Bucktown with her boyfriend and cat. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, playing video games, and finding new things to do in the city.

Claire

Optician

Claire grew up in Moline, IL and moved to Chicago in 2016 to pursue music. Within the past 5 years Claire has spent most of her time touring the US, Mexico, and Canada with her band, GOSH!. In addition to Red Eye, Claire also works as a server and dog walker. With a passion for wine, she is currently taking classes to become a sommelier. Claire currently resides in Logan Square with her loving fiance and three cats. In her spare time she can be found planning trips to Europe, cooking adventurous foods, playing the switch, or binge watching television.

Office Hours

Appointments, pickups and shopping is available during store hours. Please call ahead or schedule an appointment through our Website!

Monday
10am to 6pm

Tuesday
10am to 6pm

Wednesday
10am to 6pm

Thursday
10am to 6pm

Friday
10am to 6pm

Saturday
10am to 4pm

Sunday
Closed

Find Us

We are at the South-West corner of Damen Ave and Webster Ave at 2158 N Damen Ave


Our Bucktown location makes us easy to get to! If you drive, we're right off the expressway, and free street parking is plentiful. If you prefer to take public transit, CTA routes 50, 74, 73 and the Blue Line stop nearby.

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