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Sarah Dille Lee, OD, MSPH, FAAO

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Section of Optometry

Sarah Lee, OD, MSPH, FAAO, joined Emory Eye Center’s faculty in April 2020. She is a pediatric specialist in the department’s Optometry Section.

Dr. Lee received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the School of Optometry at University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she also served as a faculty member. She earned her Master of Science in Health Behavior from the School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Science degree with honors in biology from University of Georgia. Dr. Lee’s postgraduate medical training included a residency in pediatrics at SUNY College of Optometry in New York, NY.

She has been an investigator for many National Eye Institute (NEI-funded) studies. She has participated in many clinical studies through the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group that studied strabismus (exotropia, esotropia), amblyopia, hyperopia, myopia, etc. She was an investigator for the CITT-ART study evaluating children with convergence insufficiency and attention before and after vision therapy. Much of her graduate work involved having access to care for children with autism and working with children with autism in an eye care setting. Dr. Lee has also been involved in research involving children with mild traumatic brain injuries and eye function and coordination. She also specializes in helping children with special needs and children with binocular vision disorders (eye teaming and focusing).

Dr. Lee also has been active in her community, including offering free vision screenings through “Gift of Sight” at UAB EyeCare, the Special Olympics, Cahaba Valley Health Care, and Project Homeless Connect at the Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex in Alabama. She also has been active in the SightSavers program, which provides free eye exams and glasses to children without insurance or financial means.

National Recognition

Dr. Lee is a member of the Alabama Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She also served as an InfantSEE provider through the American Academy of Optometry.

Areas of Clinical Interest

• Amblyopia
• Refractive errors
• Myopia control
• Strabismus
• Children with special needs
• Eye teaming and focusing


Sarah Dille Lee, OD, MSPH, FAAO

Biology, magna cum laude, University of Georgia, Athens, GA: 2001-05

Postgraduate: Doctor of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, Birmingham, Alabama: 2006-10

Residency, Pediatrics at SUNY College of Optometry, New York, NY and Woodhull Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY: 2010-11

Master of Science in Public Health, Health Behavior, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama: 2012-15




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