Dr. Andersen grew up in Iowa and was an AFS exchange student to Turkey (Summer Program, 1976) before going on to complete her undergraduate work at the University of Iowa and the University of California at Santa Barbara. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1985. Dr. Andersen spent the first six years of her career working for the Riverside Medical Clinic and two private practice optometrists before opening her own practice in 1991.
Dr. Andersen has participated in numerous contact lens and solution studies. Her research in optometry school was related to determining the amount of protein in the tear film layer during times of stress. She particularly enjoys helping patients with dry eyes achieve some degree of success in wearing contact lenses. Her office offers several new technologies for treating dry eye including Lipiflow and Nulids.
Dr. Andersen takes pride in offering the latest technology in disease detection. She purchased a scanning laser in 2007, which was instrumental in detecting several macular holes and numerous cases of glaucoma. Dr. Andersen was the first Optometrist in the nation to offer CIMT, Carotid Artery Intima Thickness ultrasound in detecting cardiovascular disease in her patients. Not only can she and her associates look to see damage to blood vessels in the retina, now they can look for atherosclerosis and placques, potentially damaging the heart. These changes are reversible and Dr. Andersen is able to give her patients a report card with nutritional information designed to educate and create positive change for a healthier lifestyle. For more information, view the Carotid Artery video.
Dr. Andersen's optical lab is capable of offering one hour service on most single vision prescriptions. Her office recently upgraded to one of the finest lens grinders in the business and has the capability of producing custom edge treatments as well as drill mount holes for rimless lenses for the wide variety of European and specialty eye wear she dispenses.
Dr. Andersen donates eyewear to numerous charities around the world that promote education.
Dr. Andersen currently resides in Laguna Beach with her family. During her spare time she enjoys playing tennis and traveling.