Karen Lee, OD


Dr. Karen L. Lee is an optometrist in the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology. She focuses primarily on helping preserve or restore patients' vision through the use of specialty contact lenses and PROSE (prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface ecosystem) devices. Lee treats dry eye, keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, post-surgical irregular corneas, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and graft versus host disease, among other vision problems. Her main area of research interest is specialty contact lenses — particularly new designs and technology and the long- and short-term impacts of lens wear.

Lee graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry and completed a residency in cornea and contact lens at the Southern California College of Optometry. She is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, Scleral Lens Education Society, Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society and Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. She is the public education chair for the Scleral Lens Education Society and has fellowships from the American Academy of Optometry and the Boston Foundation for Sight (BostonSight). She is also a BostonSight PROSE provider. Lee received the George Mertz Contact Lens Residency Award in 2014 and the Vistakon Clinical Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care Award in 2013.


PROSE Clinic
533 Parnassus Ave, Fifth floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2177
Fax: (415) 353-9257

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Indiana University School of Optometry 2013


Southern California College of Optometry 2014