Dr. Karen L. Lee is a Clinical Instructor and Director of the PROSE clinic 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. Dr. Lee treats specializes in 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 in improving patient quality of life through specialty contact lenses — particularly new designs and technology and the long- and short-term impacts of lens wear.
Dr. 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 Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society and Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Treasurer of the Scleral Lens Education Society. She is also a BostonSight PROSE provider. Dr. Lee received the George Mertz Contact Lens Residency Award in 2014 and the Vistakon Clinical Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care Award in 2013.