Lee Baumwol studied optometry in Melbourne and began practising in Perth in 1999. In 2004 he moved to Hobart and he joined the Total Eyecare partnership in 2014. Lee is the current president of Optometry Tasmania and a former state president of the Cornea and Contact Lens Association of Australia. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an international organisation committed to fostering excellence in eyecare and vision research. Lee is also a CASA credentialed optometrist, enabling him to perform eye exams for aviation, and he has an ocular therapeutics qualification to prescribe eye medications. Lee also works part-time at the Royal Hobart Hospital Eye Clinic in the general and diabetic eye clinics.
He oversees clinical placements for students from UNSW and is an adjunct senior lecturer with the school of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW.