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Patricia Modica, OD

Assistant Clinical Professor

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Dr. Modica has been an assistant clinical professor at the University Eye Center since 1991.  She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1988 and completed a residency there in 1989.  Dr. Modica teaches didactic coursework in neuro-ophthalmic disease and supervises patient care in the neuro-ocular disease service.  She also supervises third and fourth year students in the primary care program.


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Affiliations and Recognition

Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, FNOD


OD, Salus University, 1988
BA, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1986


Salus University, 1989


Schwartz SH, Nehmad L, Rosenfield M, Swanson WH, Calero-Breckheimer A, Modica P, Picarelli J: Teaching Basic Science Courses Using Web-based Clinical Cases: Experiences with BACIC.  Optometric Education,  Fall 2006:32(1):23-28.

Raby WN, Modica PA, Wolintz RJ, Murtaugh K:  Dronabinol reduces signs and symptoms of idiopathic intracranial hypertension: A case report. Journal of Oc Pharm and Therapeutics.  February 2006;  22(1):68-75.

Modica PA, Dul MW, Swanson WH: Comparison of Two Types of FDT Perimeters in Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders. North American Perimetric Society 2005. Skaneateles, NY.

Modica PA: "Neuro Ophthalmic System: Clinical Procedures''. Butterworth-Heineman; 1999.

Modica PA: "Afferent Pupillary Defects and the Swinging Flashlight Test: What You Thought You Already Knew".  Editor, Jennings B in Optometry Clinics, Appelton and Lange, January 1997.

Messner L, Gray LG, Modica  PA: Cranial Nerve Palsies. Review of Optometry, August 1996.