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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 9/30/2020, 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

245 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 Mar 29, 2021

My experience with Dr. Lowder is excellent and I always receive world class care.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Dr. Lowder has saved my vision; although I do have visual loss- her first class ideas and diagnosis has allowed me to keep my vision as l have.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

I highly recommend Cole Eye Institute and Dr. Lowder

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

nurses and doctors are top knotch. thank u

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

Dr Lowder is a fantastic doc. I have gone to her for years, trust her, and am confident in the care she provides. my whole family goes to her. it's what medicine should be.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2021

Dr. Lowder and her team always do a fabulous job!

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

I have the best doctor

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Dr Lowder explained her concerns and made sure I saw and understood the images that were taken.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Dr. Lowder is phenomenal. Great physician.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

Dr. Lowder is an excellent provider and those providers who work with her and under her guidance are very good!

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Dr Lowder has ALWAYS been wonderful at listening to my concerns and believing that I know my body best. I've been her patient for over a decade, and that's certainly one of the main reasons I have been.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021

Everyone was extremely friendly. Dr. Lowder is the best. I feel comfortable and at ease with her. She is always "on top" of my chart.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

I am a long time Cole Eye patient. All stages of the process are always stellar - I now have ALL my health care provided by the CCF. I recommend Dr. Lowder and the CCF providers to all!

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2021

Dr. Lowder was excellent and the other person that assisted was good.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2021

I trust Dr. Lowder and appreciate her services and honesty very much!

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

I have been a Uveitis patient all my life and has never been to a better provider. For the past 15 years she has shown great inetrest in my case and cared deeply about all minor changes alng the way. She is truly exceptional!

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Dr. Louder is a consummate professional.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

I have been seeing Dr. Lowder for many years and will always trust her with my eye health. She is fantastic and would absolutely recommend her to others

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Dr. Careen Lowder is a true GEM.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

I never had a bad experience with Dr. lowder

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

she is a very good dr.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Appointments are almost alway immediate, and doctors (Lowder) are always caring.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Everyone there is fantastic! They truly care about me and my well-being. The nurse (Jess) is awesome, and a true professional and compassionate human being. Dr. Lowder is phenomenal and goes above and beyond to ensure that I get better and that my vision is protected from further flare up damage.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

I feel fortunate to have Dr. Lowder as my doctor! She is a wonderful physician and an extremely kind and considerate individual. She is always willing to go above and beyond to ensure that my medical needs are met (even when I'm traveling).

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Dr Lowder is the best!

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

Dr and her staff were excellent to my mom

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

Dr. lowder is fantastic!

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

Dr. Lowder is an excellent doctor. she truly cares about the well being and health of her patients. I know I'm in good care with Dr. Lowder.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

Dr. Lowder is an excellent provider. And so was a previous Provider Dr. Venkat. Who's was a resident under Dr. Lowder

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

i have been a patient for over 20 years....Dr Lowder is the best!!!!

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

my eye doctor office schedule this appointment but dr. lowder's office called confirmed and answered any questions I had

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

I have referred several to Dr. Lowder.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

Dr. Lowder is great. Always feel very confident with her diagnosis, thoughts and concerns.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

love Dr Lowder

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

*Dr. Lowder always treats with concern & respect.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

Tech, fellow and Dr. Lowder were excellent.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

I love Dr.Lowder she is so very attentive to what is going on with my eye health even during these stressful times. I always enjoy my visits with her and truly appreciate the sacrifice that she is making to to her own health to take care of me.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

I have the utmost respect for Dr. Lowder. She is always extremely knowledgeable, professional, and respectful.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

Dr Lowder is the best! She always is on top of my case. I feel 100% comfortable in her care!

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

I love Dr. Lowder.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Dr. Carleen Lowder and her staff are the best; she saved my vision and I will be forever grateful!

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

I would recommend Cole Eye Institute and Dr. Lowder and her staff to those who have a chronic disease like me

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

I always get great care from Dr Lowder

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

I absolutely adore Dr. Lowder. She is the utmost professional and also very caring with her patients. Dr. Knapp was also excellent.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

excellent care by Dr. Lowder and support staff.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Dr Lowder and the Techs were very thorough in giving me my eye exam. Dr Lowder actually had questioned about one of the results and had me retested which ended in more positive results. She definitely cares about her patients. Thank You Dr Lowder

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

Dr Lowder always seems to above and beyond what I believe is necessary

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