Kaaryn Pederson Van Buskirk, O.D.

Director of the Contact Lens Service

Optometry Manager

To see if Kaaryn Pederson Van Buskirk is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Medically Necessary Contact Lenses


Locations and Contact

UC Davis Eye Services Folsom

UC Davis Eye Services Folsom
251 Turn Pike Dr
Folsom, CA 95630

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UC Davis Eye Services Roseville

UC Davis Eye Service Roseville
2261 Douglas Blvd
Roseville, CA 95661

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Additional Numbers



Clinic Phone


Clinic Phone


Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I work hard to be the eye care provider that you trust. I enjoy building relationships with my patients and hope to be the provider that you and your family will continue to see for many years to come. After more than 20 years at UC Davis, I am lucky to have so many wonderful patients who return to brighten my day.

I feel that the best doctors are those that continually educate themselves about advancing technologies and treatments withing their field, and then use that information to provide the best patient care.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Pederson specializes in therapeutic contact lens fittings for irregular corneas. She fits gas permeable, hybrid and scleral and custom contact lenses for eyes with corneal disease such as keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, corneal ectasia and scarring.

Dr. Pederson offers both emergency and routine eye care to patients of all ages. She performs ocular health examinations for patients with systemic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as for patients taking medications with possible ocular side effects.

Dr. Pederson teaches Geometric and Physical Optics to the Ophthalmology residents.



Center/Program Affiliation

Eye Center

Undergraduate School

B.S., Biology, UC San Diego, La Jolla CA 1994

Other School

B.S., Vision Science, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1997

Other School

O.D., Optometry, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1998


Cornea and Contact Lens, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1998

Pederson K. Enhance postoperative filtering bleb-induced vision difficulties with well-fitted GP contact (oxygen-permeable) lenses. Optometry. 2005 Feb;76(2):115-22. doi:10.1016/s1529-1839(05)70264-5. PMID:15732628.

Pederson K, Coral-Ghanem C. Fitting Contact Lenses after Refractive Surgery. In: Mannis, MJ, Zadnik, K, et al. editors. Contact Lenses in Ophthalmic Practice. New York: Springer-Verlag. 2004:136-159.

Pederson K. Exploring the Differences in Today's Lens Care Options. Contact Lens Spectrum. 1999 May 1.