Dr. Edward Andersen of Winters Eyecare is celebrating 25 years of optometry in Winters. Having treated generations of families – and raising one of his own – here, he looks back at the road that led him to 101 E Grant Avenue.
“I knew as a kid I wanted to get into the health field,” Andersen recalled of his early fascination with optometry. “My sister had eye issues as a kid and got interested in the eye field that way.”
After completing his undergraduate at UC Davis and his doctorate at UC Berkeley, Andersen began working in Dixon and Sacramento. Five years later, he purchased his own practice in Winters from Dr. Ronald Sylvestri. This not only allowed him to work where he wanted, but to make family a priority as well.
“I started there in ’95 and built it up downtown in ten years, wanted to expand and the little building I’m at now was available,” Andersen said of the early years of Winters Eyecare. “We’ve been here now for 15 years in a little house built in 1907. I like it because it has that comfortable, small town feel while we provide state-of-the-art technology.”
While most would be content simply owning and operating their practice after so many grueling years of medical school, Andersen’s thirst for knowledge wasn’t quenched. In fact, continuing to learn more about the science of his profession is one of the most enjoyable aspects of his career and led to him becoming a board-certified optometrist. Which – to Andersen’s delight – requires yearly education and more testing to maintain.
“I’ll have kids come in struggling in school, we run tests and sometimes it’s as simple as reading glasses that’ll improve their education,” Andersen said about how optometry can enhance peoples’ lives. “We also work with the Sutter Health people treating and doing checks for diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness for working-age people. What we see in the eyes will dictate how to treat them.”
Beyond the science the science and technology, the cherry on top of his profession is the people that walk through his doors.
“I enjoy getting to know my patients and their kids. I feel pretty blessed to practice here,” Andersen said about his community of clients. “A lot of people in the service business in a small town aren’t looking to make a ton of money, we’re looking for quality of life. It’s gratifying to be working in a small town.”
With over 30 years of experience under his belt, the good doctor thought into what advice he’d give his younger self.
“I don’t think I would have deviated from my path taking over Dr. Sylvestri’s practice. It’s priceless,” Andersen said sharing parting thoughts. “I’d love to pass the practice on to someone else, but for now I’m having too much fun and wouldn’t change a thing.”
After practicing optometry in this little town for over two and a half decades, Winters Eyecare and Dr. Andersen are integral parts of the community – clearly.