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Palmer N. Lee OD


Dr. Lee earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University in Forest Grove Oregon. His 40 years of practice have allowed him to specialize in the areas of Contact Lenses and Low Vision. He was honored with the award of Young OD of the Year for California in 1983 and is active among his piers as past President and current member of the Sacramento Valley Optometric Association, Editor of California Optometric Association magazine 1990-2000 and is on the Public Policy Committee for Vision Service Plan

Travel started early in life. His father owned 2 businesses, one in Norway and one in the US so they lived part-time in each country. On Sundoy Island in Northern Norway, 13 miles south of the Arctic Circle and in Poulsbo, Washington and a small Scandinavian town in the Pacific Northwest. His career choice also came early when he started wearing contact lenses in junior high school. "The Optometrist that I was seeing made quite an impression on me and encouraged me to pursue the field of Optometry."

"When I first started practicing I had a patient that came in with Macular Degeneration. Because of the retinal disease, no one had prescribed glasses for her, in fact, she came in with a white cane. She had an extremely high prescription, with glasses she was able to see 20/40. I will never forget the tears of joy as she was able to see her families' faces and read once again. Her life was changed that day and I knew that I loved being an eye doc and helping people."

Dr. Lee's greatest joys are being a husband and a father. They have five children, three adult children, two little ones and soon to be grandparents! After raising their own family, they decided to adopt two little ones that needed a mom and dad. "I laugh when I think that we have children ages 33 to 6. We could not be happier parenting again. Children have a unique way to look at life and hopefully, they will keep us young in our thinking and approach to life."

You'll also find that he volunteers and sits on the board for Youth for Christ. "I choose organizations to be involved in that help young people. They are our future." Any spare time means riding bikes, working out and looking forward to when the snow flies in the winter. He loves skiing, has skied extensively around the world and even taught skiing while in college.

Dr. lectures on various optometry topics and invites his patients to ask their eye care related questions - he has a wealth of information!

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