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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 School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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 10/3/2022, 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

262 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

37 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2023

I was able to schedule an urgent visit for some acute eye symptoms. All the staff including Dr. Fell and Dr. Lowder were extremely professional, prompt, courteous and thorough. I received excellent care , as I have come to rely on from the Cole Eye Institute.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

Best move I've made for my eyes. Love Dr. Lowder. She is very good at what she does and lucky to have her

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2023

Dr. Lowder is always kind and compassionate, not to mention she's brilliant.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2023

My overall experience was very good just not with Dr louder she entered the room and did not even say hello

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

With exception of time this doc is amazing

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Dr. Lowder has been the most considerate physician.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

I have been seeing her for over 30 years she is excellent

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr Lowder is amazing and I am extremely grateful to have her as my doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Dr Lowder is just awesome!

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

No complaints with this wonderful Doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Dr. Careen Lowder is someone whom I trust. She is highly intelligent and she cares about her patients. What I truly appreciate is her direct no nonsense approach. I know she will tell me in a professional manner pros and cons. She is truly above the grade of most physicians. I respect her above all.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Dr.,Careen Lowder is an excellent provider!! She has helped improve my eye problem so much! I was concerned that I would lose my vision period! I was referred to her and I am so grateful that I'm under her care!

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Dr Lowder is an excellent doctor. She is caring and very informative.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Caring doctor

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2022

I will never return to see Dr. Lowder or any other physician at the Cole Eye Institute, and I will be sure to discourage others from seeking care here. This was without a doubt the worst experience I've ever had in my 8 years of eye treatment.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Dr. Lowder is the only Ophthalmologist I regularly see since the 1980's. All my Family have been her patients.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2022

*Dr. Lowder is an exemplary physician, and I feel blessed to have her as my doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2022

Thank you, *Dr. Lowder!

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2022

Dr Lowder showed compassion, concern and was very thorough In explaining eye exam procedures and answering my questions

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

A more interactive and interactive discussion from the doctor on the patents would be appreciated.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Dr. Lowder is the most caring and detailed doctor I have ever been to. I have been seeing her for 15 years.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Excellent provider. I really appreciate her skills and care of my issue.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

My doctor was respectful of my questions and collectively worked with me on care options.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Will gladly recommend Dr. Lowder to anyone.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Love Dr. Lowder.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2022

Very much liked that Dr. Lowder knew my local ophthalmologist when I mentioned his name

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Dr. Lowder is perhaps the biggest asset and patient advocate on my sarcoidosis team. I credit her completeness and frequent follow ups to much of the progress I have experienced in the last year.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

It is always a pleasant experience seeing Dr Lowder

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Dr. Lowder I believe is a good Dr. However she's to slow at correcting the problem 8 months is more than enough time

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Dr. Lowder is fantastic!

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2022

Dr. Lowder makes my experience with great ease and professionalism and most important her kindness. Her care plan for my eyes have been wonderful news. Happy.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Dr lowder is the strongest patient advocate I know at the clinic - thorough and thoughtful in her approach to patient care.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

I have seen Dr Lowder for over 10 yrs and it is always the best experience. It's one of my dr that I don't have too much anxiety over.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Dr lowder is the best Dr I love her

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.

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