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. 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 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.
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 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 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 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.