Katrina Parker, O.D., is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in fitting specialty contact lenses, including custom corneal lenses for regular and irregular corneas (keratoconus, post-surgical, and post-traumatic), scleral lenses, and prosthetic soft lenses. She has expertise in facilitating the management of anterior segment disease and ocular surface disease with these lenses. Dr. Parker joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2016.

Dr. Parker earned her doctoral degree at the Illinois College of Optometry. She completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses at the University of Houston College of Optometry.

Dr. Parker is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Prior to her arrival in Dallas, she served as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry, where she held several administrative appointments, including Director of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service.

She has authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed publications, paper presentations, and scientific posters. She has extensive teaching experience and has been a clinical investigator for more than 20 studies.

Education & Training
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Illinois College of Optometry (1997-2001)
  • Graduate School - Illinois College of Optometry (1997-2001), Optometry
  • Residency - University of Houston College of Optometry (2001-2002), Optometry
  • Medical School - Illinois College of Optometry (1997-2001)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Board of Optometry (2014)
  • American Academy of Optometry (2002)
  • Gas Permeable Lens Institute (2001)
  • Texas Optometric Association (2001)
  • American Optometric Association (1997)
Honors & Awards
  • National Keratoconus Foundation Research Grant recipient/co-investigator 2006
  • Peter Abel Award 2006, Given for excellent innovative scientific work and practical usage of contact lens optics (co-investigator and co-author)
  • 6th International Congress of Wavefront Sensing and Optimized Refractive Corrections 2005, Founders' Award for Best Scientific Poster
  • National Institutes of Health 2004-2007, Loan Repayment Program recipient
  • CIBA Vision Travel Grant 2003
  • The Eugene W. Strawn Leadership and Service Award 2001
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Vision Care (Optometry)
  • Contact Lens Fitting

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