Patricia Modica, OD

Clinical Professor
Biological and Vision Sciences


Dr. Modica is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry where she also completed a Residency in Primary Care. This was followed by a two year Fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease at the same facility. She is currently a Clinical Professor at The State University of New York College of Optometry, where she directs care in the Neuro-Ocular Disease Service and teaches didactic coursework in Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease and Neuroanatomy. She has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to her clinical emphasis in neuro-ophthalmic disorders and has published “Neuro-Ophthalmic System: Clinical Procedures” by Butterworth-Heinemann. She is an active Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Special Interest Group “Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry”.


  • OD, Doctor of Optometry, SUNY College of Optometry, 1988

Residency/Other Post Graduate Training

  • Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders - The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1991
  • Primary Care Optometry - The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1989
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Teaching Interests

Neuroanatomy and Neuro-opththalmic Disorders

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

Ocular Disease III


Ocular Disease III

Clinical Interests

Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders


  • Stimulus Characteristics Affect the Assessment of Pupil Defects in Amblyopia, Optometry and Vision Science 92 (5): 2015
  • Overseeing Student Clinical Education: The Role of the Educational Facilitator, Optometric Education 33 (2): 58-63 58-63, 2008
  • Dronabinol reduces signs and symptoms of idiopathic intracranial hypertension: A case report, Journal of Oc Pharm and Therapeutics 22 (1): 2006
  • Neuro Ophthalmic System: Clinical Procedures , 1999
  • Afferent Pupillary Defects and the Swinging Flashlight Test: What You , Optometry Clinics 1997
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