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Kelsey A. Carriere (Thomson), OD, FAAO

  • Pediatric Optometrist, Division of Ophthalmology
  • Contact Lens Specialist
  • Instructor, UC Department of Ophthalmology



I’ve always enjoyed working with children and I consider myself a big kid at heart. As a pediatric optometrist and contact lens provider who loves dinosaurs and all things Disney, my fun-loving personality helps me connect with my patients on a deeper level. This leads to trust and a mutual understanding with my patients and their families.

I firmly believe that good communication is key to successful treatment of my patients. When I’m meeting with new patients and their families, I don't rush. I like to provide an open dialogue with patients and families, outline the different treatment options and make sure we're all on the same page. I want my patients to receive the most comprehensive care, both at home and with me in the clinic. The more everyone understands the treatment options, the better the outcomes are for children.

My goal is to provide the best possible care. I stay up to date on new research, technologies, and contact lens choices.

My grandmother, who was blind from age-related macular degeneration, inspired me to go into the eye care profession. When I started optometry school, I gravitated toward pediatrics and sought out extra experiences with children.

My research focuses on preventing the worsening of nearsightedness (myopia) and other topics related to contact lenses.

Here are some facts about me: I was born and raised in Florida and I'm a big ocean lover. My son’s name is Charlie. I have a cat, Tiggy, who’s 19 years old and a turtle, Melvin, who’s 17 years old.

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