What is Modern Eye?

Modern Eye is a unique full-service optical shop and optometrist’s office with two locations in Philadelphia: in Center City at 145 South 13th Street, at the northeast corner of 13th and Walnut Streets - and in University City on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania at 3419 Walnut Street in the Shops at Penn. Doctor owned and operated by Chris Anastasiou, optometrist, full professional eye care is available at both locations by Dr. Anastasiou and his associate, Dr. Bryan Machamer. Services include complete eye examinations including refraction, vision analysis, ocular health, dilation of the pupil, and glaucoma testing, as well as contact lens fittings and laser surgery screenings and co-management. Most contact lenses are available. State-of-the-art eyeglass labs run by full-time certified opticians are on site in both stores.

What are your hours?

Both locations have the same hours: Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, and Saturdays 10am to 5pm, Sundays closed.

Do I need an appointment for an eye exam?

Yes, eye examination patients are seen by appointment. Walk-ins are welcome if there is room in the schedule. Appointments are made in person or by telephone. Call the location of your choice. Advance notice of 24 hours is requested for rescheduling or cancellation of appointments, please. Appointments are unnecessary to shop for eyeglasses. University City Modern Eye is wheelchair accessible for eye examinations.

What can I expect from my eye examination?

Your eye health is important to us. Eye examinations at Modern Eye are thorough. Please allow 1 to 1½ hours for the examination itself, which includes dilation of the pupils (expect fuzzy vision and light sensitivity 1-2 hours afterward on the average - sunglasses are provided). Also offered: Optomap technology, the latest in ultra-wide field retinal imaging, which allows for extensive retinal viewing and recording, rendering pupil dilation unnecessary in many cases.

The health-check portion of the examination covers common eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Signs of diabetes and high blood pressure and many other diseases and disorders can also be detected by an eye examination. To monitor your eye health - whether you wear vision correction or not - an eye examination is recommended every 1-2 years.

Do you take insurance?

Most major medical insurance is accepted if you have a medical complaint. Separate vision plans cover or partially cover eye exams and often eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. Currently, Modern Eye is a provider for the following vision plans:

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Chickering (The University of Pennsylvania student plan)
  • Superior
  • Vision Benefits of America
  • Vision Service Plan

What do you have for eyeglasses?

With one of the largest selections of fine eyewear and designer sunglasses in the area, eyeglasses for all budgets are possible with frame and lens packages starting at $69. The latest technology in eyeglass lenses for both single vision and progressive bifocals are available in ultra-thin and light hi-index plastic, trivex, and polycarbonate, including the newest, most highly customized, state-of-the-art premium free-form high-definition digital lenses. Brands include Zeiss, Hoya, Shamir and Essilor. Also carried are prescription swimming googles, prescription safety glasses, and Rec Specs sport glasses, as well as custom sunglass tinting, polarized or photochromic lenses (Transitions, etc.) for prescription sunglasses.

What about contact lenses?

Contact lenses are a safe, effective, and popular means of correcting refractive vision problems. We offer all types of contacts for all ages including those "hard to fit" cases with astigmatism and those in need of bifocals.

A contact lens evaluation or fitting is in addition to, and in conjunction with, the eyeglass exam, and therefore has a separate and additional fee (that may or may not be covered by your vision plan). This portion of the exam includes analysis of tear film and corneal health, assessment of corneal topography, evaluation of lid conditions, analysis of fit, and recommendations including lens modality, replacement schedule and cleaning products. The fitting process includes one or more (if necessary) check-up appointments to ensure proper fit after prolongued wear before finalization of the contact lens prescription.

Pennsylvania State Law dictates that contact lens prescriptions are valid for 12 months from the date of service. After that 12 month period, all contact lens patients are therefore required by law to schedule an exam and contact lens evaluation in order to renew the contact lens prescription. We regret we are unable, by law, to refill, or approve an order from another vendor, of an expired prescription.

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