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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 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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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

281 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

63 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2021

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

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

Dr. Lowder is the best!

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

Dr Lowder is always very clear and concise with explanations as far as treatment and meds go. I believe she is one of the best in her field. She literally saved me from going blind and I am so grateful for her expertise.

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

Dr. Lowder is personable and exudes an extremely high level of professionalism that gives me complete confidence in her recommendations for the care of my eyes.

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

The care I have received for my eyes with the Cleveland Clinic has been outstanding. Each doctor that has weighed in on the treatment of my eyes has given me overwhelming confidence; particularly in the way that they work as a team.

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Dr Powder is the best!!!

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Dr. Lowder listens and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

best care I have ever received at a doctors appt. I am floored by how great the CC was!!

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

I am very thankful for all of you. I suffered so much until I went to see Dr Lowder.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

best physician at the CCF, and I've seen a lot of them.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

Dr Lowder is a superior professional.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

I love Dr. Lowder, she was able to help me with my eye issue when no one else could.

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!

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