Vision for life means
caring for your eyes.

Our Office
22312 El Paseo
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
(949) 589-6171

Rancho Santa Margarita Optometrist with World Class Results

Serving Rancho Santa Margarita,
Coto De Caza, and surrounding communities since 1991!

Welcome, and thank you for visiting our website.  If you’re a current patient, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to fulfill your eye care needs.  If you’re a new visitor, we look forward to meeting you and exploring the various options available for correcting or enhancing your vision.

When you visit our office, your eye health is our top priority. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized care you deserve using only the latest, most innovative techniques in eye care. We offer general eye examinations, contact lenses, eyeglasses, glaucoma testing, emergency medical treatment, and Zeiss Individual 2 I-scription Lenses. Dr. Andersen also co-manages with the finest surgeons for LASIK and other ocular procedures.

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 plaques, 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. You can find more information under our Videos tab. 

Part of our commitment to serving our patients is to provide them with useful information to help them make more informed decisions about the various treatments that are available today.

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We would like to hear from you, so please contact us via telephone or email with any questions, comments, or concerns that you might have.  In addition, contact us today if you would like to schedule an appointment.

Wishing you health and happiness,

Our Eye Care Team


Kathleen Andersen, OD                                   
22312 El Paseo   
Suite D
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Phone: (949) 589-6171
Fax: (949) 589-0657  



 Our office hours are as follows:

  • Monday: 8:00-5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00-5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00-5:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00-5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00-3:00 pm


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Take a good look at our
stunning services.

We offer Laser Eligibility Exams, Contact Lens and Low Vision Services. Whether your vision needs are just a complete exam, laser refractive surgery eligibility exam, or anything in between, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we work to maintain or enhance your vision.  Below are just some of the many procedures and services we regularly provide to our patients – with a gentle touch, and stunning results.  Your vision is our first priority! We co-manage with the finest surgeons for LASIK and other ocular surgery like...

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Dedicated to providing you
with expert vision care.

How often should I have an eye exam?

Eye exams are recommended periodically, with the interval differing for various age groups.  In the first three years of infancy, a child should have vision checked along with normal pediatric checkups.  Between the ages of three and six (the most crucial period of eye development) an eye exam... ...Read More

Any abnormal phenomena or changes in your vision can indicate a variety of possible problems.  The key to preserving vision in the face of most eye diseases is early treatment.  Thus it is important to consult an ophthalmologist if you notice anything unusual or any change in your vision.  It could... ...Read More

Many serious eye diseases often have little or no symptoms until they are well developed.  The only way to diagnose a problem early in such a case is to schedule periodic eye exams.  This is the best way to preserve the clearest vision possible for life. Contact us today to schedule an eye exam! ...Read More

If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, it means you are living with nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, and probably currently wear glasses or contact lenses.  LASIK is a great way to reduce your dependence on, or completely free yourself from, corrective lenses.  It may be especially... ...Read More

It is important to realize that, like any surgery, LASIK is not without risk.  However, major complications are extremely rare.  Minor complications occasionally occur, such as dry eye, and halos or glare around lights at night.  However, such problems are uncommon, are often treatable, and will... ...Read More

There is no pain associated with the LASIK procedure.  Local anesthesia is used on the cornea, which is administered through eye drops.  Some patients may experience mild discomfort or pressure.  After the procedure, patients may experience minor irritation in the eye.  This should fade within a day... ...Read More

Many people achieve 20/20 vision, or better, after undergoing LASIK eye surgery.  Although patients experience an improvement in their vision, some may still need to wear corrective lenses for certain tasks, though the necessary power of correction will be much smaller than before. The result of... ...Read More

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Kathleen Andersen, OD
Bringing Your World Into Focus

Rancho Santa Margarita Optometrist (eye doctor), Dr. Kathleen Andersen is dedicated to excellence in optometry such as eyeglasses, izon lenses, contact lenses, general eye examinations, and laser eligibility exams. Dr. Andersen co-manages with the finest surgeons for LASIK and other ocular surgery like cataract surgery. Dr. Andersen is proud to serve Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Coto De Caza, Dove Canyon, Trabuco Canyon and Surrounding communities.

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