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

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH

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

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

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH

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

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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 7/28/2023, 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.

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* 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

363 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

69 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

Dr Lowder is the quintessential caring physician. Saved my vision, made a difficult diagnosis and had me to other specialists immediately.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Dr. Powder was fantastic. I came because my previous diagnosis left me scarred and uninformed. So I came for a second opinion. Dr Lowder informed me of condition my eyes are in and gave me hope for cure.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024

Dr. Lowder us excellent and helped me see again!

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

Love our Doctor!!!

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Dr. Lowder is a wonderful physician.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2024

I am very satisfied with my doctor. I have been seeing her for a very long time.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

Dr. Careen Lowder Is an excellent provider. She has always given me excellent care .

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

My family and I have been patients of Dr. Lowder for almost 4 decades. I trust her knowledge and abilities 100%. She has always been very friendly, courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

Dr. Lowder is the most brilliant and skilled physician I've ever had care for my eyes.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

I am proud to be a patient of Dr Lowder for many years now and Dr Lowder is an Excellent Optimologist. She is extremely though, professional, courteous, polite, respectful & knowledgeable doctor. She knows her patients, their history and exactly how to work with and treat them.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

Dr Lowder is excellent at her job. She is extremely professional, polite, though, courteous, respectful & knowledgeable. She knows exactly what she was doing and how to work with & treat her patients.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

I have been a patient of Dr. Lowder for 27 years and have always received the very BEST of care. She is FANTASTC!!!!!!!

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Dr Lowder has been my doctor for 23 years. She is knowledgeable and kind. I can't say enough good things about her.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

I've been under the care of dr Lowder for 30 yrs. Snd would follow her anywhere.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

My doctor is excellent in her field. And I am very Confident that she has given me the best treatment confident that she does.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Excellent care provider

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2023

Love Dr. Lowder. I've been a patient of hers since 2015. She's one of the best at the clinic.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2023

I'm forever grateful to Dr Lowder. Her treatment program saved me from going blind

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr. Lowder is terrific.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Once again, Dr. Lowder listens to and advocates for her patients. I was added on for an urgent visit and she delivered the solution that was needed. I can't imagine seeing anyone else!

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

Good experience. Easy to talk to doctor,

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Dr Lowder is awesome

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Dr Lowder is the best physician ever!

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Dr Lowder is the best

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Dr Lowder is the best!

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Excellent care from Dr Lowder.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

I had a slight disagreement with my provider regarding a medication that I wanted.However I do trust the provider and the professionalism that was displayed.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

This appointment was a challenge for me because I disagreed with what the doctor recommended. However my doctor is an excellent doctor.,And very knowledgeable in her field .So I had a valuable experience from my visit.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Dr. Lowder was very thorough about all the questions I asked and was very patient.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Dr. Lowder is truly one of a kind. The very best!

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr. Lowder has always been proactive in managing my retinitis.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Dr. Lowder is the absolute best physician I have ever seen. She made very aggressive treatment decisions that has given me back an amazing quality of life while battling neurosarcoidosis. I am so fortunate that she is a member of my healthcare team.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

Doctor Lowder is always so pleasant and smooth it really gives me a since of comfort to see her.She has really help to keep me together.smooth operator

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr Lowder takes my vision and medical needs serious. She knows the end result she desires to achieve whenever I have a flare up. I know that I am in the best of care with Dr. Lowder. She's the best and an excellent teacher.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2023

Dr. Lowder's empathy is genuine. She has a unique ability to turn a routine checkup into a joyful experience.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Lowder is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

I always feel informed & treated with respect during my visits with Dr.Lowder or her staff.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

I already have made recommendations to others! I cannot imagine being anywhere else for my care. I have suffered 23 yrs with this condition and have been under the care of multiple other providers as comparison. There is No Comparison. All else is a downgrade!

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

It is a great pleasure being a patient of Dr. Lowder. Her concern shines through, even though I typically only spend a few minutes per year with her. She is one of the reasons I continue my care at the Cleveland Clinic rather than where I live in Pittsburgh.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr Lowder is professional and kind in her manner. I always recommend her to anyone looking for a doctor in her specialty

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

Always a pleasant experience by all providers involved

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2023

Always feel great after visit with Dr.Lowder!

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2023

Dr' Lowder is amazing. She restored my vision and has taken excellent care of me for years.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

Dr. Linder is an excellent physician. She is caring, thorough and knowledgeable. A true asset to your staff.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2023

Dr. Lowder is one of the very best doctors that I have ever seen. She is exceptionally thorough and takes the time to explain the diagnosis and treatment options. Over the years, she has referred me to other specialists when needed and followed up on my prognosis. I have greatly appreciated her care over the 25 years that I have been a patient.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2023

Dr. Lowder and her team saved my eye sight. Exceptionally thorough in testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Responsive to all MyChart questions and concerns. I feel so lucky and blessed to have Cole Eye close to home. I know people with my condition fly in from all over the US for Cole Eye care. It's right in my backyard. I can't thank Dr Lowder and Cole Eye enough.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2023

I'm a working mother of two and was so worried I would go blind. Dr Lowder and her associates saved my life. If not for them I wouldn't be able to work or be independent or take care of my kids. God bless you all.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Dr. Lowder is great for treatment. Very direct in terms of communication and I enjoy going to here.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

Needed to get in on same day of another appt. Jennifer Dr Lowder's person is the one that made this happen for me.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

Greatest respect for Dr Lowder!!

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

Staff is always friendly and doctors are great

Reviewed on May 25, 2023

Dr. Lowder is by far the most valuable asset to my sarcoidosis care. I owe my vision and my quality of life to her expertise.

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

Dr Lowder always takes time to discuss issues and invites questions I might have.

Reviewed on May 12, 2023

Dr lowder and staff are amazing!Highly recommended!

Reviewed on May 10, 2023

My Doctor is very kind, and really does love her job. She explained everything very throughly. And really is a great professional Doctor. I trust my eye care to her alot. And highly recommend her care to my freinds and family.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Dr Lowder is terrific. She's a fantastic doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

The fellow I saw was very good. He answered most of my questions and was very understanding. The only reason he did this was because I had a list of questions to ask. I've been seeing Dr. Lowder for over a year now and she's never explained anything to me about what's going on, possible treatments, possible side effects, etc. She only answers questions, and most of the time there are no actual answers she just kind of skirts around the question or treats big news like it's nothing. I've seen several doctors at the cole eye center and they all seem to be this way. I get to them what I'm going through is nothing but to me it's a lot. I'd just like to have a doctor who explains things and tries to ease my worries instead of dismissing me.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

Absolutely amazing!! So thankful for Dr Lowder

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

We have been going to this eye clinic for over 20 years and dr. Lowry is wonderful. All of our family memebers have been to her for cataract surgery and all has alsways been great thank you...

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Dr Lowder is the best I don't care so much about quick visit or personality I feel confident under her eye care

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Dr Lowder is the very best the clinic has to offer

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2023

I've seen Dr. Lowder for fifteen years and she has always considered my concerns and explained my eye condition with great attention.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr. Lowder is the best kind, caring, thorough and super knowledgeable have been going to her for almost 30 years

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Appt was scheduled in person after previous visit. When I do need to contact Dr Lowder's office her staff is always extremely helpful.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr Lowder is a wonderful doctor. I've been under her care for 22 years.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

Jen is Dr Lowder's office has always been friendly, caring and courteous.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

There should be EXCELLENT because that's what Dr. C Louder is. She is beyond excellent actually!

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Very knowledgeable doctor

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

Dr. Lowder provides a superb level of care. Her knowledge is fantastic and she takes time to listen to my updates and questions.

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