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


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. 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.

Dr. Andrew Kohn


Dr. Andrew Kohn has been seeing patients at Red Eye Eyewear since 2010. He completed his undergraduate studies with a degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Optometry in 2010. He completed his externship training at Jesse Brown VA Hospital in Chicago, a private practice in Des Plaines, IL as well as clinics in Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association. Dr. Kohn is currently the president of the Illinois Chapter of VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity). As such, he participates in and organizes local and international eye care clinics in Oaxaca and Mexico City, Mexico.

Dr. Anita Patel


Dr. Anita Patel grew up in White Plains, NY and graduated from the State Univ. of New York College of Optometry in 2001. She completed an ocular disease externship at the VA Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Her undergraduate study was completed at Boston University, in psychology. Since 2001, she has practiced in Colorado, New Jersey, and as of July 2014, Illinois. She's hoping she doesn't have to move again for a long time!! When Dr. Patel is not at Red Eye, she also performs eye exams at CPS. In her free time, when she is not running after her daughters (Layla and Naya), she likes to cook, travel, read, explore Chicago's many neighborhoods, and catch up with "The Real Housewives"!!

"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.


Office Manager

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.


Assistant Manager

Erin grew up in Cleveland, OH and received her B.A. degree in Women's Studies and Sociology from Bowling Green State University in 2008; two days later she moved to Chicago and has been happy to call the city home ever since. She spent two years working for AmeriCorps VISTA, dividing her time between the College of DuPage and DePaul University. Erin lives in Logan Square with her boyfriend and two cats. In her free time she enjoys reading, baking, and performing comedy. She has been featured at the Second City, Laugh Factory, and Zanie's.


Patient Diplomat/Technician

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.


Patient Diplomat

Angel is an artist from South Side of Chicago. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Art History from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. She’s been in the customer service industry since 2009 and her favorite aspect of it is meeting and connecting with new people. In her free time, she loves to cook, explore new places with friends, make art and watch ridiculous amounts of documentaries on her big red couch.

Office Hours

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

10am to 6pm

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10am to 4pm


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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