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

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

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/16/2019, 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

290 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
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

49 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

dr Lauder and staff are very kind and helpful

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Dr. Lowder is consistently professional, considerate and helpful in our encounters.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Dr. Lowder is one of your most valuable doctors. She is highly intelligent, well versed in her profession, thorough and professional. she is an asset to her profession.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

Dr. Lowder: Added me on to her schedule and always listens to concerns, does her assessment and provides responses in ways I can understand. I respect her opinion and assessment. Always a pleasure to interact with in the appointment.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

Both the resident and Dr Lowder were polite and professional. The resident laughed politely at my jokes, and Dr Lowder has ALWAYS made me feel seen and that my concerns were taken seriously.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019

Dr Lowder is thee best doctor I've ever encountered. If I have to have this stupid autoimmune disease, I'm so grateful for her to be the medical presence in my life to help me through it.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Dr. Lowder is excellent!

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2019

Dr. Lowder is the best!!!!

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2019

Dr. Lowder is an expert

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Careen Lowder as my care provider. I travel from Phoenix, AZ because I trust her explicitly. Dr. Lowder is at the top of her field on expertise, knowledge and she is always courteous and professional. She makes me feel at ease with my medical needs. Her staff has the utmost respect for her as a medical provider. This is noticeable and appreciated.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

Visits with Dr Lowder are always professional, informative and friendly. I would highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

I feel blessed to have Dr. Lowder as my physician. She is obviously a brilliant diagnostician but she is also a dedicated physician who is willing to go above and beyond the dall of duty to care for her patients. Despite her obviously hectic workday, Dr. Lowder is willing to receive after-hours emails and relate to them. I could not ask for a better doctor!

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Doctor Lowder is incredible!!!!!

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

although I don't feel like we got answers we were looking for, I feel the Dr was invested and listened to our concerns. She recommended a rheumatologist and tried to get us in that day. She told us she is going to discuss my case with her colleagues and get back with me about meeting with her again in July and the rheumatologist.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

Dr. Louder is a very good doctor. I like her to educate more detail. I love to read what she writes on my daughter's medical record.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

Dr. lowder is top notch! very caring and knowledgeable and thorough.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

Dr. Lowder is the absolute best. She takes wonderful care of me.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019

Dr. Lowder presented as very intelligent in her area of expertise, was professional, extremely kind and very thorough. I look forward to returning to see her in one year.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019

*Dr. Lowder went out of her way to explain in detail the treatment for my problem and treatment options. She was great!

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019

*Dr. Lowder was and is one of the top providers at the Cleveland Clinic she addressed my problem immediately.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

I respected and appreciated Dr. Lowders keen insight and professionalism during my treatment at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Although we did not receive the news we had hoped for, my daughter will be receiving treatment going forward with Dr Lowder. Everyone was absolutely wonderful with my daughters appt, testing and care. Everyone showed pride and caring in everything they did.

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

although we did not receive the news we had hoped for, my daughter willcontinue with treatment here at Cleveland clinic. we will be driving two and a half hours to get here. Dr Lowder was very informative and caring.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

Dr. Lowder was kind, courteous and respectful. She explained everything well. l would recommend her to anyone.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

Dr. Lowder treats many family members of mine including 2 sisters son niece and brother in lawwe adore her and greatly appreciate her knowledge and bedside manners

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Dr Lowder is a great colleague and professional.

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Dr Lowder is a wonderful physician. She listens and offers advise when needed.

Reviewed on May 13, 2019

Dr Lowder advised me how to use the 2 prescriptions to care for my eye, & explained future actions needed, if I had similar symptoms.

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

Dr. Lowder is the only eye doctor I'll see at the clinic!

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

Dr Lowder has been my doctor for a long time-she has always provided exceptional care

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

I've been seeing Dr. Lowder for over 10 years. She is an amazing physician.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

Dr Lowder is the best. She cares, and it shows.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

Dr. Lowder takes her time when examining my eyes. She answers all my questions to the fullest and she does not hurry with me. She is extremely patient to my needs and concerns.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Dr Powder and her staff are amazing and kind. very knowledgeable in their field. I appreciate everything they have done for me over the last 4 years.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

dr lowder is a really lovely person, is highly skilled, and her love of her work is patently obvious.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019

Dr. Lowder and all of the Staff have always treated me very well. I have nothing but respect for all of them.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019

Dr. Lowder and her office is always very attentive to my requests for appointments and change of appointments.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019

dr was very thorough and I appreciate the close monitoring and follow up

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

dr Lowder is the best there is! she makes me feel like I'm her only patient. I am beyond grateful for her care.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

Dr. Lowder has ALWAYS been the best caregiver for my eye problems. I trust in her care and decisions

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

Dr. Lowder took over my care after Dr. Langston retired. I was extremely pleased with Dr Langston's care. Dr. Lowder continued the wonderful treatment.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

excellent care and response from Dr. Lowder

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

The nurses, internist, and EVERYONE else were BEAUTIFUL. Just my experience with Dr. Lowder is my concern.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019

Alll my visits with Dr Lowder were great. Very thorough. She & her staff discovered the issue I was having with my eyes. Thank you very much.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019

I felt like I was Dr Lowder's only patient at the time. She showed a lot of care and concern.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

Dr. Careen Lowder is a professional who takes the time with the care of her patients. I always know I am in the best of care when I see her. she is a role model and I only wish more doctors were like her. I fly from Phoenix, AZ because I trust Dr. Lowder explicitly. I have not met anyone who can come close to Dr. Lowder's expertise and patient care.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

it's refreshing to have a doctor who cares to explain everything to me so I can fully understand. I have the utmost respect for Dr. Lowder and her staff.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

Dr. Lowder's staff were all excellent. they clearly respect Dr. Lowder and what she expects of them while a patient is in their presence. the ease of my appointments takes the stress out of my eye situation. I feel more at ease when a medical technician knows what they're doing.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2018

We love Dr. Lowder! so thankful for her expertise and kindness.

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