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Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Chinese, English, Portuguese
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
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About Careen Lowder, MD, PhD

Careen Y. Lowder, MD, PhD, was born in Hong Kong, SAR China, and raised in Brazil where she completed her secondary education. She obtained her BA, MD and PhD degrees at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her internship and residency in ophthalmology at Cleveland Clinic. This was followed by fellowships in uveitis at F.I. Proctor Foundation and in ophthalmic pathology, both at the University of California San Francisco.

Dr. Lowder has been a full, professional Staff Physician at Cleveland Clinic since 1986. She is Past-President of the Cleveland Ophthalmological Society and was on its Education Committee from 1994 through 2004. Dr. Lowder has been Activity Director for Ophthalmology Grand Rounds since 1999 and a member of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association as Specialty Director for Ophthalmology from 2002-2010. She was elected President of the Panamerican Society in Ocular Inflammatory Diseases in 1999.

Dr. Lowder has been leader of the World Class Service Team at Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, and patient satisfaction has improved from 42% excellent to 84% during her tenure. Dr. Lowder is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings and has more than 100 publications in the field of uveitis.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of California San Francisco Medical Center
Ext. Dis & Uveitis Fel
San Francisco, CA USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Professional Highlights

  • Member, Ophthalmic Knowledge Base Panel for Uveitis, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member, Basic Clinical Science Course, Committee on Intraocular Inflammation and Uveitis, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Writer for Periodic Ophthalmic Review Test, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Associate Examiner, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • President, Panamerican Society of Ocular Inflammatory Diseases


  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

cataract and lens implant surgery, Ocular Inflammatory Diseases, Pathology, Uveitis

Awards & Honors

  • Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2005
  • Best Doctors in America, 2001-2008


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American Uveitis Society
  • International Uveitis Study Group
  • Panamerican Society of Ocular Inflammatory Diseases
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Careen Lowder, MD, PhD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 11/3/2021, Dr. Lowder has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

247 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

47 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

Dr. Careen Lowder is the Best Provider in this particular area of Opthalmology. I was originally referred by a provider from University Hospitals because they just couldn't figure out my problem.

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

As stated previously,I was originally referred by a provider at University Hospital due to the nature of my problem. CCF provider: Dr.Careen Lowder is excellent!

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2022

Dr. Lowder is an excellent physician. I had been treated for my eye condition for over a year with no improvement. Dr. Lowder not only found the proper treatment, she was the only doctor I saw who gave me a possible cause for my condition. I am extremely grateful to her and her staff. I would highly recommend the Cleveland Clinic because of my experience with Dr. Lowder and the Cole Eye Institute.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2022

Dr. Lauder is excellent.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2022

I am very pleased with dr. Lowder

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2022

Thank you for providing your patients with first-class service! The "people skills" are super!And, I would not trust anyone with these eyes except Dr. Louder and her Team!

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2022

My continuing eyesight is due to Dr. Louder's skill and care ... Which includes her team.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2022

Dr. Lowder is truly the best! There are no words to describe how amazing she is. There is no other doctor who I would trust my eyes with.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2022

Dr. Lowder discovered a new condition which was worrisome and explained it in detail and showed me pictures of my eye so I could have a thorough understanding of what was going on. She continues to be the best possible physician for my eye care. The Clinic is lucky to have her on staff.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2022

Excellent experience with scheduling and/or contacting provider's office.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2022

Dr. Lowder is an excellent provider. My particular medical circumstances was different and that is the reason I was referred . Dr. Lowder and the providers working under her direction are excellent.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

Dr. Lowder is top notch.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

I've been seeing Dr. Lowder for years and she's always wonderful

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Dr Lowder saved my eyesight. I will always be grateful for her expertise.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2021

I love Dr. Lowder. She always is great with me.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Very friendly and kind. I am very pleased her professionalism. I am very thankful to have her as a doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

Dr. Lowder and her team are amazing and the schedulers are so welcoming and polite

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2021

Dr Lowder is very knowledgeable, thorough, and conscientious. Excellent care. Thank you

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2021

I've been going to Dr. Lauder for approximately 35 years. Our family has been going to her for 35 years. We trust her 100%. She has always been very helpful and knowledgeable. She's always been very nice and friendly with us. She has made us always feel comfortable and well taken care of.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Dr Careen Lowder is professional and I trust her completely to give me the best medical attention and advice. I believe in this doctor %

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2021

Dr. Powder was excellent. She took the time to listen to me - she was very patient. I believe she gave me a thorough exam & explained the results & her proposed treatment plan. She was very kind & I feel like she really cares about me & helping me to get better.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2021

Dr. Lowder is more than Very Good, she's Excellent!!!!

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

The provider was excellent

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

I've been going to dr Lowder for many years and have always gotten excellent care.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

Dr Lowder responded immediately

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

Dr Lowder is the best!!!

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Dr Lowder is amazing at listening to what I tell her about my issues and either dealing with the issue or letting me know that there really isn't an issue at all. I'd recommend her to anyone.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Dr. Lowder took excellent care and was extremely engaged, listened to me and answered my questions.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Dr. Lowder and her team are fantastic!

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

I take special eye drops for my condition and periodically provider will need to fill out information for my prescription plan and this provider and/or her office always is helpful! Excellent care!!

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Dr. Careen Lowder is in my opinion one of the best specialists I have seen in my situation! I had to be referred to CCF from UH system for my eye problem

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

My paperwork was accidentally misplaced and the nurses thought I had left, so they didn't call me back to see the Dr. Dr Lowder looked out and recognized me and got me into her office immediately.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

My expectations for quality of care and patient experience at Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute were established through multiple Interactions with Dr Daniel Martin and Dr Richard Gans. They are very communicative and describe the overall plan of treatment in great detail, convey a sense of continuity from visit to visit, and provide an outline and rationale for follow-up care. Not so with Dr Lowder.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Excellent care as usual with Dr. Lauder and Cole Eye Institute!

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Scheduling appointments through the MyChart web site has become more difficult. Dr. Lowder is not listed as one of my physicians.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

I have recommended Dr. Lowder, Dr. Shao and Dr. Li To others who need eye care.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

Good experience and will refer this doctor toWhomever if asked

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Everyone at the Cole Eye Institute provided compassionate and expert care during my several week episode and literally saved my vision. Dr Lowder was amazing, acting rapidly and professionally while making me feel informed and comforted. The eye imaging technicians were all superb and kind.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Dr. Lowder listened to all my concerns and answered my questions. She reassured me about my medications and was ableTo select an eye surgeon for my cataract at a CCF hospital in Akron. I really appreciated her listening, explaining the scan ofMy optic nerve and its results.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

I have the utmost respect for Dr. Careen Lowder. She listens to my concerns and offers guidance for my well being. She cares about me the patient and what is the best course of treatment. She is a no nonsense physician, and for that I am truly grateful she is my doctor!

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

The people in Dr Louder's office are always helpful and friendly, eager to meet my needs.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Dr. Lowder has always treated me with respect as an individual. I have recommended her to my family members.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Dr. Lowder listens to questions and answers them thoroughly. I feel that she is focused only on me when I am in an exam room with her. I have the utmost respect for Dr. Lowder who has taken excellent care of my health needs for the past 14 years.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

I had a very hard time getting through to Dr. Lowder's office. The system kept switching me back to the scheduling office. Once I got through to her office the service was excellent.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

I love Dr Lowder, although, as I told her, I only see her for ten minutes per year.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Good doctor;good medicine, the whole hospital is wonderful.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

I love *Dr. Lowder and she is the best! Very personable, caring, extremely knowledgeable of her profession. True expert!

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