Jeehee Kim, MD

Ophthalmologist & Eye Surgeon

Dr. Jeehee Kim is an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon at Polaris Eye & Laser, serving patients in Los Gatos, Campbell, San Jose and surrounding communities throughout the south bay. Dr. Kim specializes in cornea and cataract surgery. She offers a wide range of services including glaucoma treatment, LASIK surgery, blepharoplasty, dry eye treatment, corneal transplant surgery, Botox, cataract surgery, pterygium surgery, comprehensive eye examinations, macular degeneration treatment, and optical services. Her office staff works with your medical insurance company to obtain pre-authorizations as needed, and to submit claims in a timely and efficient manner.

Originally from Seoul and Busan, South Korea, Dr. Jeehee Kim is fluent in Korean. She grew up in San Jose, California, and attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, to complete her undergraduate degree. After graduating with distinction, she went on to complete her medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed a Pew Research Fellowship at Rockefeller University in New York City as well as a medical internship at Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California. Dr. Kim completed her ophthalmology residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and then a specialty fellowship training in Cornea/External Disease and Refractive Surgery, also at Duke. She served seven years as an assistant professor at the University of Washington, Department of Ophthalmology in Seattle. There she mentored the next generation of ophthalmology residents and fellows. In 2006, Dr. Kim returned to San Jose, California to start her practice, Polaris Eye & Laser, in Los Gatos.

Dr. Kim takes care that the relationship with each patient is professional, trusting and often like a family. And many patients have become dear friends over the years. She rejuvenates by hiking and jogging on local trails, traveling to distant ports of call, practicing guitar, and growing succulents in her garden.

Jennifer Nguyen, OD

Optometrist

Dr. Jennifer Nguyen, OD, is the optometrist at Polaris Eye & Laser, attending to eye care needs such as prescribing glasses and contacts, as well as the diagnosis of ocular diseases including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. She specializes in myopia control and custom contact lenses including scleral contacts and Ortho-K. She is a native of San Jose, California and completed her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley. She further completed her Doctorate of Optometry degree at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. She participated in various externships during her clinical rotations at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Tacoma, Washington, the Hayward Wellness Clinic, as well as the John Muir Health/UCSF Health Berkeley Outpatient center.

Dr. Nguyen speaks English and Vietnamese. Outside the clinic, she can be spotted trying out new cultural and international cuisines or reading her favorite books at trendy coffee shops. Dr. Nguyen looks forward to working with you and your family, to provide the highest quality of professional eye care.

Affiliations & Credentials

Dr. Kim is on staff at the following hospitals and surgery centers:

Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose

Los Gatos Surgical Center, Los Gatos

Duke Medical Center (Fellowship)

Univ. of Washington

Washington/Seattle VA Hospital (Prior)

Dr. Kim’s Mission Work in Haiti

Dr. Kim and the staff of Polaris Eye & Laser travel to Haiti for a medical mission with Living in Faith in 2016.