Dr. Parker’s area of expertise includes fitting of specialty contact lenses using custom corneal lenses for regular and irregular corneas (keratoconus, post-surgical, 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. 

Prior to her arrival in Dallas, Dr. Parker served as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry, and held several administrative appointments, including Director of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service. She grew up in Virginia and received a B.S. in Biology at Bridgewater College, received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and, followed by a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Parker is a Fellow of the Academy of Optometry and has been certified by the American Board of Optometry.

Dr. Parker has authored/co-authored several peer-reviewed publications, paper presentations, and scientific posters. She has extensive teaching experience, and has been a clinical investigator on over 20 studies since 2001.


Graduate School
Illinois College of Optometry (2001), Optometry
University of Houston College of Optometry (2002), Optometry

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Bifocal Contact Lenses
  • Comprehensive Eye Exam
  • Diabetic Eye Exams
  • Eye Lash Removal (Epilation)
  • Keratoconus
  • Ocular Surface Disease
  • Primary Eye Care
  • Removal of Foreign Body
  • Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses
  • Visual Field Acuity Testing
  • Publications

    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Orthokeratology: An Academic Perspective.
    Parker KE, Leach NE Eye Contact Lens 2016 Jan 42 1 56-60
    Factors accounting for the 4-year change in acuity in patients between 50 and 80 years.
    Koenig DE, Nguyen LC, Parker KE, Applegate RA Optom Vis Sci 2013 Jul 90 7 620-7
    Controlled induction of spherical aberration with custom soft contact lenses.
    Parker KE, Marsack JD, Elswick JD, Brunstetter TJ, Applegate RA Clin Exp Optom 2009 May 92 3 283-8
    Performance of wavefront-guided soft lenses in three keratoconus subjects.
    Marsack JD, Parker KE, Applegate RA Optom Vis Sci 2008 Dec 85 12 E1172-8
    Dynamic simulation of the effect of soft toric contact lenses movement on retinal image quality.
    Niu Y, Sarver EJ, Stevenson SB, Marsack JD, Parker KE, Applegate RA Optom Vis Sci 2008 Apr 85 4 230-5
    On-eye performance of custom wavefront-guided soft contact lenses in a habitual soft lens-wearing keratoconic patient.
    Marsack JD, Parker KE, Niu Y, Pesudovs K, Applegate RA J Refract Surg 2007 Nov 23 9 960-4
    Empirical advanced orthokeratology through corneal topography: the University of Houston clinical study.
    El Hage S, Leach NE, Miller W, Prager TC, Marsack J, Parker K, Minavi A, Gaume A Eye Contact Lens 2007 Sep 33 5 224-35
    Uncorrected wavefront error and visual performance during RGP wear in keratoconus.
    Marsack JD, Parker KE, Pesudovs K, Donnelly WJ, Applegate RA Optom Vis Sci 2007 Jun 84 6 463-70
    The precision of wavefront refraction compared to subjective refraction and autorefraction.
    Pesudovs K, Parker KE, Cheng H, Applegate RA Optom Vis Sci 2007 May 84 5 387-92

    Honors & Awards

    • University of Houston College of Optometry
      Class of 2016/Class of 2015 -- Invited to be Mace Bearer, Graduation Ceremony (2015-2016)
    • American Board of Optometry
      Diplomate (via examination) (2014)
    • University of Houston College of Optometry
      Class of 2014, Mace Bearer, Graduation Ceremony (2014)
    • University of Houston College of Optometry
      Runner up, Outstanding Faculty Award Class of 2013 (2013)
    • University of Houston College of Optometry
      Class of 2009, Outstanding Clinical Faculty (2009)
    • American Academy of Optometry
      Fellowship (FAAO) (2007)
    • Peter Abel Award
      Given for excellent innovative scientific work and practical usage of contact lens optics (co-investigator and co-author) (2006)
    • Research Grant co-investigator
      National Keratoconus Foundation (2006)
    • 6th International Congress of Wavefront Sensing and Optimized Refractive Corrections
      Founders' Award for Best Scientific Poster (2005)
    • National Institutes of Health
      Loan Repayment Program recipient (2004-2007)
    • CIBA Vision Travel Grant
      Awarded to attend American Optometric Association meeting (2003)
    • The Eugene W. Strawn Leadership and Service Award

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (2015)
    • American Board of Optometry (2014)
    • ARVO (Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) (2005-2010)
    • American Academy of Optometry (2002)
    • Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (2002)
    • Gas Permeable Lens Institute (2001)
    • Harris County Optometric Association (2001)
    • Texas Optometric Association (2001)
    • American Optometric Association (1997)