Vivien Tse, OD, FAAO, FSLS

PhD Student


I was born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, Canada. Then I moved to Castro Valley, California when I was 11 years old.


I completed my undergrad degree at UCLA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, while working at a private practice in West LA as an optometric assistant and started to learn about contact lenses and specialty lenses. I completed my Doctorate of Optometry degree at New England College of Optometry in Boston and afterwards, I completed the Michael G. Harris Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at UC Berkeley. Before entering the Vision Science Program, I completed the clinical research training fellowship and spent 6 years as a research optometrist at the Clinical Research Center, Professor Meng Lin's lab, focusing on the scleral lenses, contact lenses, and dry eyes.


I would like to develop additional analytical skills and expand my scientific knowledge about ocular health and contact lenses to excel as a clinical scientist.


I would like to study and expand my research further on how scleral lenses affect and improve the ocular surface.


My goal is to bridge the gap between clinicians and researchers by assisting other clinicians on new strategies to improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of their patients’ diseases and symptoms using evidence-based scientific information; this can amplify the impact that I hope to make towards discovering solutions in the field of optometry.


I love to travel to experience new cultures around the world. I also love going to live music shows, baking and trying new recipes, working out at home, and being outside hiking, biking, snowboarding, and scuba-diving.


Tse V, Zhou Y, Truong T, Lin K, Tan B, Lin MC. Corneal Health during Three Months of Scleral Lens Wear. Optom Vis Sci. 2020 Sep; 97(9): 676-682.

Molina K, Graham AD, Yeh T, Lerma M, Li W, Tse V, Lin MC. Not All Dry Eye in Contact Lens Wear Is Contact Lens-Induced. Eye Contact Lens. 2019 Sep 10.

Tse V, Tan B, Kim YH, Zhou Y, Lin MC. Tear dynamics under scleral lenses. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2019 Feb; 42(1): 43-48.

Tan B, Tse V, Kim YH, Lin K, Zhou Y, Lin MC. Effects of scleral-lens oxygen transmissibility on corneal thickness: A pilot study. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2019 Aug; 42(4): 366-372.


110B Minor Addition, Clinical Research Center