Member Profile - Andy Ritter, OD

April 8, 2022
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Where do you currently practice?
The University of Minnesota, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences I split my time equally between the adult and pediatric clinics.

Where are you from originally?
I was born in Sioux City, Iowa, but grew up in Hastings, MN.

What school did you graduate from (undergraduate and optometry)?
Undergraduate: Wartburg College Optometry: Illinois College of Optometry Residency: Illinois College of Optometry (Primary Care and Ocular Disease)

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy listening to audiobooks, woodworking, cycling, and finding ways to make my son laugh at me.

Describe your local community involvement?
I am a member of the Lions Club and have participated in community clinics in the past. I serve on the benevolence committee at my church and play bass guitar on the worship team.

Tell us about your family and pets?
My wife Katie (a nurse in pediatrics at the university) and I live in South Minneapolis with our 2 children, Milo (2.5 years old) and Hazel (4 months old), and our 3-legged Bluetick Coonhound, Wilbur.

Why do you choose to be a member of the Minnesota Optometric Association?
Being part of a group dedicated to the support of and advocacy for our profession is valuable to me.

What do you like best about the profession of optometry?
No two patients are alike. I love the variety I see in my day-to-day practice. From more simple refractive cases to ocular disease, to co-management of rare systemic illnesses. I love working with our optometry students, medical students, and ophthalmology residents at the university. Working with students as they transition from technician to clinician is challenging but so rewarding.

Describe your favorite memory from your optometric career.
I have participated in 4 mission trips to Guatemala providing eye exams and interpreting. We had one patient with a new retinal detachment. The process to seek treatment made me realize how fortunate I am to work in the setting I do.

What fun fact would you like to share about yourselves that your colleagues may not know about you?
Peanut butter is legitimately my favorite food. I eat a PB&J every day for lunch and LOVE IT. "We'll keep an eye on it," is a phrase I avoid so much at work that I can't even use it in my personal life without cringing now.

Please list any articles you have written or lectures you have provided to educate others on eye care.
Red Desaturation Prevalence and Severity in Healthy Patients Pediatric Eye Exams (lecture to local pediatricians) Corneal Ectasia Following Pseudomonas Infection in Contact Lens Wearer I also participate in our annual neuro-ophthalmology/oculoplastics meeting at the university.

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