Kaaryn Pederson Van Buskirk, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Kaaryn Pederson Van Buskirk, O.D., F.A.A.O.



Medically Necessary Contact Lenses


  • Director of the Contact Lens Service
  • Principal Optometrist
  • Diplomate Cornea and Contact Lens Section, AAO


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).

UC Davis Eye Services Folsom

251 Turn Pike Dr, Suite 1070
Folsom, CA 95630
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:
Appointments 916-357-4880

UC Davis Eye Services Roseville

2261 Douglas Blvd
Roseville, CA 95661
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Primary Phone:
Appointments 916-771-0251

Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Phone: 916-357-4880
Clinic Phone: 916-771-0251
Clinic Fax: 916-353-2611
Clinic Fax: 916-773-0317
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I work hard to be the eye care provider that you trust. I like building relationships with my patients and hope to be the doctor 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 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. Vision and eye health is precious - I will do everything I can to protect and enhance it.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Pederson Van Buskirk specializes in therapeutic contact lens fittings for irregular corneas. She fits gas permeable, hybrid and scleral 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 and monitors for possible side effects of systemic medications.

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



Center/Program Affiliation

Eye Center
UC Davis Medical Group


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

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

B.S., UC San Diego, La Jolla CA 1990


Cornea and Contact Lens, UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco, Berkeley CA 1998-1999

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Optometry - Fellow

Gas Permeable Lens Institute

Honors and Awards

Diplomate, American Academy of Optometry in Contact Lenses, 2006

Select Recent Publications

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.