Dr. Karen Nipper, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Female  |  
Age 43
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Dr. Karen Nipper, MD
Dr. Nipper is both a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and a fellowship-trained Eye Plastic Surgeon. She completed her undergraduate degree at Vassar College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She then attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia. She stayed in Philadelphia for her residency at the Wills Eye Hospital. She completed a fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. She has been in practice for 11 years. As a comprehensive ophthalmologist, Dr. Nipper specializes in both medical and surgical diseases of the eye including cataract surgery, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease. As an oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Nipper performs procedures to reconstruct and refresh the external areas around the eyes. Dr. Nipper commonly reconstructs the areas around the eye that have been damaged by basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. In the office she has been treating cosmetic issues with Botox, Juvederm, and chemical peels. In the operating room she performs a wide variety of surgeries, including surgery for "droopy eyelids". The field of cosmetic treatment and surgery changes daily, and Dr. Nipper can help you understand what treatments will work best for you. Most importantly, Dr. Nipper will treat you as if you were a family member. She believes the doctor-patient relationship is the most crucial aspect of patient care. She has participated in many medical missions including the Philippines and Peru where she provides free service to patients who desperately need eye care. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, golfing, movies, and spending time with her family and dogs.

741 Broad Street Ext

Waterford, CT 06385

Contact Information

(860) 442-5663

Dr. Karen Nipper, MD

Dr. Karen Nipper, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • HealthFirst
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

Dr. Nipper is both a comprehensive ophthalmologist and a fellowship-trained Eye Plastic Surgeon. She believes that the doctor-patient relationship is essential. Dr. Nipper enjoys participating in medical missions. Her first three missions were in the province of Pangasinan in the Philippines. Her last mission was in Arequipa, Peru. 
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Dr. Nipper's Experience

Dr. Nipper's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Ophthalmology
  • Board certified in Ophthalmology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Ophthalmology
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Dacryoadenitis
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Floaters
  • Glaucoma
  • Keratitis
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Visual Field Defects


  • Argon Laser Surgery
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Botox® Injection
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • Dermal Filler
  • Diabetes Eye Care
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Juvéderm® Injection
  • Lesion Removal
  • Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Ptosis (Eyelids) Surgery
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy
  • YAG Laser Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Connecticut.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Vassar College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
  • University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • Albert Einstein Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
  • Wills Eye
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Fellowship In Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery
    Other Education | Completed 2005

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Nipper has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Nipper's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nipper to family and friends
based on 23 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Nipper's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
Niantic, CT |
I have so much. Respect for this fine Surgeon.. She is brilliant, takes time t o explain. Cataract. Surgery. and above. All she's given me back my. Eyesight in my left eye. My vision was. Blurred to the point. It was difficult to drive... This lady works hard. ,she above all I s a Genious. I consider her t o be th e next top Surgeon in her field. Thank you. Dr. Nipper
Waterford CT |
I had a cyst on my eyelid. Dr. Nipper cut it off with ease, and it basically healed up with no scarring. She is very nice. A true professional!
Plainville, CT |
I had a squamous cell cancer on my upper eyelid, close to the lashes, & was sent to Dr Nipper by my dermatologist, since Dr Nipper is an eye plastic surgeon. To minimize the scarring on my eyelid, Dr Nipper sent me to a MOHS surgeon to have the skin cancer removed, then to her on the same day to have it stitched up. She did an excellent job, & you can't even tell now that there was ever anything there. She is quiet, but very kind & caring, even giving me her cell # in case of emergency.
in Waterford, CT |
Dr. Karen Nipper is a professional. My surgery and follow up with her is successful, timely and I am very pleased. She made herself available at anytime with her immediate contact number if I had questions or concerns. I highly recommend her and I will go back for the cataract surgery in my other eye, with no hesitating..
Brooklyn, NY |
Dr. Nipper's an amazing oculoplastics specialist. She knows what she's doing and is very thorough. She performed surgery on me and both pre & post-op care were great - I always felt secure in her capabilities and the information she relayed to me. She's a quiet person and can seem aloof, but I think it comes from shyness; once you get to know her, you definitely feel her compassion. She's gone from the NYC office, so I am upset about that, but if she ever moves back to NY, I'll be 1st in line!
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
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