Orange County Optometrist Kathleen Andersen Named A 2011 Optometric Business Innovator

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Dr. Kathleen Andersen, a Rancho Santa Margarita-based optometrist, was named an Optometric Business Innovator 2011 by Vision Monday and Review of Optometric Business. She is one of only 35 optometrists nationwide to be honored.

Dr. Kathleen Andersen of RSM Vision in Rancho Santa Margarita has been named an Optometric Business Innovator 2011 in the category of “The Patient Experience” by Vision Monday and Review of Optometric Business. Dr. Andersen is one of only 35 optometrists nationwide to be honored and featured in the June issue of these major industry publications.

With the help of a Professional Advisory panel composed of a mix of optometrists (ODs) from both the private and corporate arenas, and professional OD business consultants, the two publications solicited input and suggestions to identify Optometric Business Innovators from across the United States.

One of the reasons Dr. Andersen received this award is that earlier this year she was the first eye care professional in the nation to offer a screening to detect the early signs of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Andersen’s commitment to helping her patients know their risks for heart attacks and strokes, the #1 killer of men and women in the U.S., comes in the form of imaging her patients’ carotid arteries which supply blood to the brain and eyes. Within a short time of using the technology, Dr. Andersen was able to identify several patients who were unaware of their high risk for stroke.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Andersen has received this award,” says Blaine C. Ung, president of the Eye Care Division of HeartSmart Technologies and the manufacturer of the technology Dr. Andersen’s uses in her practice. “Dr. Andersen and her staff provide an innovative and progressive approach to enhancing patient well being and welfare through the implementation of the medical model of optometry.”

About Dr. Kathleen Andersen    
Dr. Kathleen Andersen, practicing in Rancho Santa Margarita since 1991, is
dedicated to excellence in vision care, and utilizes the latest technology including retinal
imaging and laser aberrometry in the detection of eye diseases and conditions. In addition to glaucoma medical management, specialized contact lens evaluation, and vision therapy services, Dr. Andersen also co-manages with the finest surgeons for LASIK and cataract surgery. Call 949-589-6171 or visit her web site at to schedule an appointment.


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