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Charles W. Nichols, MD

Charles W. Nichols, MD Physician

Deputy Chief, Ophthalmology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Nichols is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

  • General Ophthalmology Services

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 1971

Clinical Expertise:

  • Allergic Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
  • Blepharitis
  • BOTOX Therapy
  • Brow Lift
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology Study (EPS)
  • Cataract Implant Surgery
  • Cataracts
  • Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
  • Contact Lenses
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Conditions
  • Eye Emergencies
  • Eye Floaters
  • Eye Inflammation
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
  • Eyelid Tumors
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • Graves' Disease
  • LASIK Eye Surgery
  • Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA)
  • Low Vision Aids
  • Macular Degneration
  • Macular Hole
  • Melanoma
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Microsurgery
  • Myasthenia Gravis (MG)
  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Optic Nerve Disorders
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Orbital Tumors
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Pupil Disorders
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)
  • Strabismus Surgery
  • Temporal Arteritis (Giant Cell Arteritis)
  • Thyroid Eye Disorders
  • Uveitis
  • Vision Loss
  • Vitrectomy
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Superior Vision Benefit Mgmt, Inc (Block Vision)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Fellowship: National Institutes of Health
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, John Morgan Society, National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomate, New York Academy of Sciences, Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, The Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia,

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Nichols is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: On the medical staff, but does not have privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Douglas R.S., Goldstein S.M., Nichols C.: Acute myelogenous leukaemia presenting as a conjunctival lesion and red eye. (Letter) Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica. 80(6) : 671-2,2002.

Maguire A.M., Nichols C.W., Crooks G.W.: Visual Loss in Cytomegalovirus Retinitis Caused by Cystoid Macular Edema in Patients without the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Ophthalmology 103 : 601-605,1996.

Nichols C.W.: MAC Infection, Rifabutin, and Uveitis--Is there a connection? Clinical Infectious Diseases 22 (Supp1) : S43-49,1996.

MacGregor R.R., Pakola S.J., Graziani A.L., Montzka D.P., , Hodinka R.L., Nichols C.W., Friedman H.M.: Evidence of Active Cytomegalovirus Infection in Clinically Stable HIV-Infected individuals with CD4+ Lymphocyte Counts Below 100/ìl of Blood: Features and Relation to Risk of Subsequent CMV Retinitis. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Human Retrovirology 10 : 324-330,1995.

Sulewski M.E., Goyal A.K., Nichols C.W.: Corneal Ulcers in Disposable Extended Wear Contact Lens Patients. Annals of Ophthalmology 26(5) : 194-199,1994.

Saran B.R., Maguire, A.M., Nichols C.W., Frank I., Hertle R.W., Brucker A.J., Goldman S., Brown M., VanUitert B.: Hypopyon uveitis in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome treated for systemic mycobacterium avium complex infection with rifabutin. Archives of Ophthalmology. 112 : 1159-1165,1994.

Budenz, D.L., Nichols, C.W., Brown F.H.: Evaluation of the patient undergoing ophthalmic surgery. The Medical Care of the Surgical Patient. McGraw-Hill, Inc. : 93-102,1993.

Galetta S.L., Leahey A., Nichols C.W., Raps E.C.: Orbital ischemia, ophthalmoparesis, and carotid dissection. Journal of Clinical Neuro-ophthalmology 11(4) : 284-287,1991.

Brucker A.J., Kozart D.M., Nichols C.W., Raber I.S: Injuries to the eye and orbit. Second Edition. Athletic Injury to the Head, Neck and Face. Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger : 1991.

Grossman M., Galetta S.L., Nichols, C.W., Grossman, R.I: Horizontal homonymous sectoral field defect after ischemic infarction of the occipital cortex. American Journal of Ophthalmology 109 : 234-236,1990.

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Academic Contact Info

Department of Ophthalmology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Civic Center Blvd.
West Pavilion 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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