Ophthalmologist Dr. Howard Short, MD, FACS, marks his 35th anniversary of eye care service in Washington Wednesday, April 18.

In 1983, Short established his practice, the Advanced Sight Center, which at the time was located on 5th Street.

The center would later add a Creve Coeur location in 2000 and move its Washington office to Jefferson Street in 2001.

The practice expanded to its current location in 2015, and added a location in Bridgeton.

Since opening, Short also has been joined by three other doctors at his practice.

Short began practicing in Washington after an extensive education in ophthalmology. He attended Washington University and St. Louis University School of Medicine, where he was awarded the Department of Surgery Award in 1978.

He continued studying internal medicine as an intern at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center and later decided to pursue a career in ophthalmology after graduating. He performed his residency at Duke University.

Short said it has been an honor to serve the people of Washington and Franklin County. He noted that without the community, he couldn’t have made it to 35 years.

“It’s been a great community to work in,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed Washington since the first time I went out there.”

Short also said he’s grateful to his staff and good health which have helped him reach this milestone.

“It’s hard to believe I’ve been in practice for over 35 years,” he said. “I’m grateful that I’ve had good health and that I’ve been surrounded by good people. I consider myself very fortunate to practice this long and continue to practice.”

One of the best memories Short has is of a blind Russian child who traveled to the United States in 1994 through the Small World Adoption Foundation. His practice worked to attempt to restore the child’s eyesight.

“We examined him in Washington and unfortunately there was nothing that could be done,” Short said. “At the time we examined him The Missourian ran a story about him and because of that story that boy was adopted by a family.”

He noted the boy was adopted the day before he was set to return to Russia.

After 35 years, and countless success stories, Short said he still has fun at work and is looking forward to more years of serving the community.

“One of my late mentors used to say ‘ophthalmology is one of the most fun ways you can work’ and I still believe that,” Short said.