'); }); jQuery('#-pro-menu-83-104 .oxy-pro-menu-show-dropdown .menu-item:not(.menu-item-has-children) > a', 'body').each(function(){ jQuery(this).append('
'); });

Join Us

We are searching for people who are ready to jump right in, love helping others, and value our culture of care to join our team. Come join us so together we can impact the lives of patients in Greater Long Beach

Testimonials

  • Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.
    Finibus Bonorum
    Acount executive I Communication
  • Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.
    Finibus Bonorum
    Acount executive I Communication
  • Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.
    Finibus Bonorum
    Acount executive I Communication

Our Values

Ambition
We are creating something worth creating, that will endure the test of time. We do this by relentlessly focusing on the success of our employees and customers. We’re grounded by humility and driven by ambition and expect our employees to be too.
a
Make It Fun
We believe in celebrating our successes, milestones and hard work, through recognition, appreciation and rewards
m
Passion For Learning
We want to be at the forefront of change and growth; there is always something we can learn.
p
Live The Golden Rule
We are empathetic and respectful of each other, customers and the communities we serve. We value, encourage and celebrate the gifts in one another and respect the inherent dignity and worth of every individual.
l
Integrity
We believe in honesty, openness, trust, respect and reliability in all that we do.
i
Focused Teams
Working together on a project is more important than who gets credit. We put trust in our teams and watch the incredible accomplishments happen when ego takes a backseat.
f
You Are Unique
We know it takes people with different ideas, strengths, interests, and cultural backgrounds to help us succeed.
y
Investing In Our Employees
“We train our people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to” (Richard Branson)
i
Transparency
We are honest about the actions we are taking, being upfront and visible.
t

our values

  • a

    Ambition

    We are creating something worth creating, that will endure the test of time. We do this by relentlessly focusing on the success of our employees and customers. We’re grounded by humility and driven by ambition and expect our employees to be too.
  • m

    Make It Fun

    We believe in celebrating our successes, milestones and hard work, through recognition, appreciation and rewards
  • p

    Passion For Learning

    We want to be at the forefront of change and growth; there is always something we can learn.
  • l

    Live The Golden Rule

    We are empathetic and respectful of each other, customers and the communities we serve. We value, encourage and celebrate the gifts in one another and respect the inherent dignity and worth of every individual.
  • i

    Integrity

    We believe in honesty, openness, trust, respect and reliability in all that we do.
  • f

    Focused Teams

    Working together on a project is more important than who gets credit. We put trust in our teams and watch the incredible accomplishments happen when ego takes a backseat.
  • y

    You Are Unique

    We know it takes people with different ideas, strengths, interests, and cultural backgrounds to help us succeed.
  • i

    Investing In Our Employees

    “We train our people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to” (Richard Branson)
  • t

    Transparency

    We are honest about the actions we are taking, being upfront and visible.

Lorem Ipsum

Bellflower eye doctor explains how to get rid of under eye bags
As a local optometry clinic, we often get asked how to get rid of under eye bags. Many people have likely looked in the mirror and seen puffy, swollen eyelids and wondered what causes them and how to get rid of them. In this blog post, we shed light on the subject and offer natural, medical, and surgical options for treatment.

Natural remedies for under eye bags

  • Avoid high salt diets. Salt can cause water to accumulate in the tissues, leading to puffy and swollen eyes. To reduce puffiness, try to limit your intake of salty foods and drinks.
  • Use cold compresses. Cold compresses can help shrink the blood vessels around the eye, reducing puffiness. You can use a cold compress mask, a bag of peas, or even a frozen spoon. The coolness of the compress will help shrink down the eyelids, making the under eye bags less noticeable.
  • Do not rub your eyes if you have eye allergies. Instead, use a cold compress and antihistamine eye drops to reduce swelling and itchiness.
  • Get enough sleep. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night to help reduce puffiness and dark circles.
  • Manage stress. Stress can cause a number of health issues, including puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. Try incorporating stress-reducing activities such as yoga, meditation, or exercise into your daily routine.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water can help to flush toxins out of the body, reducing puffiness and dark circles. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

Under eye bag creams

We do not recommend under eye bag creams as they often do not work as advertised and can dry out the skin. Many creams contain harsh chemicals or irritants that can further damage the delicate skin around the eyes. Additionally, many of these creams only provide temporary results and do not address the underlying cause of under eye bags. It's important to note that the skin around the eyes is very thin and delicate, so it's important to be cautious when using any kind of skincare product in this area.

Surgical options for under eye bags

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty, also known as a lower eyelid lift, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the eyelids. The procedure is typically performed as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia and the incision is made under the eyelid to minimize scarring.

Consult with an oculoplastic surgeon

If you are considering surgery for under eye bags, it's important to consult with an oculoplastic surgeon or plastic surgeon who has experience with lower lid blepharoplasty. This can help ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure and that the surgeon has the necessary expertise to perform the procedure safely.

Preventing under eye bags: tips from your Bellflower optometrist

  • Wearing UV light protecting sunblock on your skin regularly when you're outside can help slow down sunlight damage to your skin.
  • Wearing wide brim hats and sunglasses can also help protect your skin from sunlight damage.
  • Eating a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Exercise is also beneficial for promoting healthy blood flow and reducing stress, which can contribute to the appearance of under eye bags.
  • Getting enough sleep is essential for overall health and can also help reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Stress can contribute to the appearance of under eye bags. Incorporating stress-reducing activities such as yoga, meditation, or exercise into your daily routine can help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.
  • Drinking enough water can help to flush toxins out of the body, reducing puffiness and dark circles. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to the appearance of under eye bags. Limiting or avoiding these habits can help keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.
  • Elevating your head while sleeping can help to reduce the accumulation of fluids in the under-eye area, preventing puffiness.

What causes under eye bags?

Under eye bags can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, aging, high salt diets, and allergies. When you eat a lot of salty food, it can cause water to accumulate in your tissues, leading to swollen, puffy eyes with that under eye bag appearance. Similarly, allergies can cause histamine to be released from your tissue, resulting in swollen, red and itchy eyes. Lack of sleep, stress, and hormonal changes can also contribute to the appearance of under eye bags.

Schedule an appointment with our eye doctor in Bellflower

Under eye bags can be caused by a variety of factors, including high salt diets, allergies, and genetics. While there are natural remedies, creams, and surgical options available, it's important to consult with our optometrist to determine the best course of treatment for you. By taking a holistic approach, we will work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals. Remember that it's important to be patient and consistent with your treatment plan, as it may take time to see results. And if you have any concerns about your eyes or under eye bags, please schedule an appointment with our optometrist by calling (562) 925-6591. Patients searching for advanced medical eye care visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.
Read More
Los Angeles Eye Emergency? What should you do if you suffer a blow to your eye
Eye injuries are a significant public health concern, and it's estimated that about 2.5 million eye injuries occur in the United States each year. Eye injuries can happen at any age, but they are more common in children and young adults. Eye trauma can range from a minor bump or bruise to a more serious injury. It is important to understand the different types of eye trauma and when to seek medical attention.

Different types of eye trauma

Superficial bruises: These are common and can occur without any specific cause or trauma. They appear as blood on the white part of the eye and are not usually painful. They will take time to heal and the body will reabsorb it. It is still good to have them looked at by our eye doctor. Full-on trauma: If you have had a significant injury, such as getting hit in the eye with a baseball, it is important to have it looked at by our eye doctor. This type of injury can cause internal damage and a dilated eye exam is required to take a look inside the eye.

If you suffer a blow to your eye, what should you do?

If you suffer a blow to your eye, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Depending on the degree of the injury, there are different steps you should take:
  • If you have a lot of bruising and painful swelling around the eye, it is an emergency and you should go to the emergency room. They will check both the eye and the bone structures in the orbit.
  • When you get hit in the eye, you may not see a change in your vision right away. But even a small injury can affect your vision. That's why it's important to go see our eye doctor after an eye injury, even if it seems minor. Our eye doctor will check your eye to make sure everything is okay, and will also check your eye pressure and vision. It's best to go see an eye doctor as soon as you can, so any problems can be caught early.
If you experience any changes in your vision after a blow to your eye, it is important to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor as soon as possible. If you don’t already have a trusted optometrist or live too far from our office in Bellflower, you might begin your search online by entering “eye doctor near me” or “emergency eye exam near me”.

Why should you see an eye doctor if you suffer a blow to your eye?

It is important to visit our eye doctor if you suffer a blow to your eye because they will be able to assess the extent of the injury and provide appropriate treatment. Our eye doctor can check for any internal damage, surface injuries, and evaluate the pressure inside the eye. They may also perform a dilated eye exam to check for any internal injuries or bleeding. They also can check for any changes in vision which could be a symptom of a more serious injury. Additionally, they can also provide guidance on how to properly care for your eye during the healing process and can also monitor for any possible complications. Even if the blow to the eye seems minor, it is still important to have it checked out by our eye doctor, as some injuries may not be immediately obvious but can cause long-term damage if not treated properly.

Visit our eye doctor in Bellflower for an eye emergency or to evaluate your eye injury

If you have suffered from any kind of eye trauma, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Our eye care professionals are available for emergency appointments, and early detection and treatment can help preserve your vision and prevent serious complications. Don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor if you start experiencing any visual symptoms. To schedule an evaluation, please call (562) 925-6591. Those searching for top quality medical eye care, particularly in emergency situations, come to our clinic from all over California ,and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services and emergency eye exams for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.
Read More
How to tell if your pink eye is viral or bacterial
It is estimated that pink eye is one of the most common eye conditions in the United States, with an estimated 6 million cases occurring annually. It can affect people of all ages and bacterial or viral pink eye is highly contagious, especially in children.

What is pink eye?

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear tissue that lines the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid. The three main causes of pink eye are; viral infection, bacterial infection, or an allergic reaction. In addition to these main causes there are many other conditions that can cause our eyes to be red, painful, or inflamed, which is why it is always best to visit our optometrist for an eye exam in order to properly diagnose your symptoms.  Knowing the cause of pink eye is important for proper treatment and preventing the spread of infection.

How do I know if my pink eye is viral or bacterial?

Symptoms of viral and bacterial pink eye are similar and can include redness, itching, burning, watering, and discharge from the eye. However, there are some differences that can help differentiate between the two types of pink eye:
  • Viral pink eye often starts in one eye and spreads to the other, and is often accompanied by a cold or other respiratory infection. The discharge is usually watery and clear.
  • Bacterial pink eye usually affects both eyes at the same time, and the discharge is thicker and can be yellow or green.
It's important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by other factors such as allergies or irritants, dry eye, eye diseases such as glaucoma, scratched eyes, blepharitis, and many other conditions. If you're experiencing symptoms of pink eye, it's best to see our eye doctor in Bellflower for an eye exam.

How can I get diagnosed and treated for pink eye?

If you suspect you have pink eye, it is best to see our eye doctor near you for an examination. They can diagnose pink eye and determine the cause. They may also perform a culture or other tests to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment for viral pink eye typically involves self-care measures such as using over-the-counter lubricating drops and avoiding touching or rubbing the eyes. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections, and the condition usually clears up on its own within 7 to 14 days.  Bacterial pink eye, on the other hand, is treated with antibiotics, which can be prescribed in the form of eye drops or ointment. It's important to complete the full course of antibiotics as prescribed by our optometrist. Since there are so many potential causes of pink eye, we recommend seeing our eye doctor to diagnose the cause of your symptoms in order to start the correct treatment and prevent potential complications. 

When should I seek medical attention for pink eye?

If you're experiencing any symptoms of pink eye, it's recommended to seek medical attention. In the event that you are experiencing severe symptoms such as vision loss, severe pain, or have a history of eye disease, call our office right away to schedule an emergency eye exam at (562) 925 6591. One way to find a trusted optometrist is to search for "eye doctor near me", “emergency eye exam near me”, or "eye exam near me". If you live in Bellflower, consider visiting our optometry clinic for an examination. To schedule an appointment, you can call us at (562) 925-6591. Patients with pink eye visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.
Read More
The impact of screen time on dry eye: tips for prevention
According to a recent study, people who spend more than 2 hours a day on digital devices are 2.5 times more likely to develop dry eye. This statistic is driving the increased incidence of dry eye since the average American spends over 6 hours a day on digital devices.

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears evaporate too quickly. This can cause discomfort, redness, and even vision problems. One of the most significant contributors to dry eye is prolonged screen time. With the increasing use of digital devices, more people are experiencing dry eye symptoms than ever before. In this article, we will discuss the impact of screen time on dry eye and tips for prevention.

What is the impact of screen time on dry eye?

Prolonged use of cellphones, tablets, computers, and TV’s can lead to increased discomfort and dry eye due to the following reasons: 

Digital devices cause us to blink less frequently

Prolonged use of digital devices can cause the eyes to blink less frequently, leading to a decrease in tear production. 

Digital devices decrease the fullness of our blinks 

When we use digital devices we tend to blink less fully, which then leads to our eyes not getting the required amount of tears lubricating the surface of our eyes. 

Blue light exposure may exacerbate dry eye symptoms

There is no scientific consensus on the long term impact of blue light on our eyes and dry eye. What we do know is that screens increase our exposure to High Energy blue light. In the visible spectrum, short-wave blue light with wavelength between 415 nm and 455 nm has been cited in studies as being closely related to eye light damage. This high energy blue light passes through the cornea and lens to the retina which may exacerbate symptoms of dry eye and inflammation. Due to the relative small amount of blue light exposure in digital devices it is hard to show a direct impact on eye health in the short term, however caution may be warranted as we currently lack long term studies on the impact of exposure. 

Digital eye strain and eye fatigue 

Staring at a screen for extended periods can lead to eye strain, fatigue, and headaches, which can exacerbate dry eye symptoms. Viewing a digital device for extended periods of time places an unusual amount of stress on our visual system, this can cause a variety of symptoms which the American Optometric Association labels as Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain.  Digital eye strain may be caused by a variety of factors including:  These symptoms may be caused by:
  • Poor lighting
  • Glare from a digital screen
  • Improper or irregular viewing distances.
  • Poor seating posture or poor angle of the digital device
  • Uncorrected vision problems which are stressed by the demands of a digital device

What can be done to prevent dry eyes caused by too much screen time?

  • One of the most effective ways to prevent digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome which exacerbates dry eye symptoms is to take frequent breaks. The "20-20-20" rule is a good guideline to follow. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. This can help reduce eye strain and improve tear production.
  • It's also important to adjust the settings on your digital devices to reduce the amount of blue light they emit. Many devices have a "night mode" or "blue light filter" that can be activated. This can help reduce inflammation and improve sleep quality. If you are concerned about blue light we encourage you to speak with our optometrist about the options for filtering out blue light such as special lens coatings. 
  • Another tip is to make sure to blink frequently while using digital devices. Blinking not only helps to lubricate the eyes but also helps prevent the eyes from drying out.
  • Practice full blinks so that your eyes are getting the proper lubrication. 
  • It's important to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water can help keep the eyes moist and reduce dryness.
  • Schedule a dry eye evaluation to assess the root causes of your dry eye symptoms and receive guidance on the steps that you can take to ensure eye health and comfort. 

Take our online dry eye assessment 

Take our dry eye assessment to see if your symptoms indicate that you are suffering from treatable dry eye disease Dry Eye Quiz

Schedule a dry eye exam in Bellflower

Don't let dry eye caused by screen time affect your daily life any longer. Take control of your eye health by scheduling a dry eye evaluation with our optometrist today. With our in depth diagnosis and personalized treatment options, you can say goodbye to dry eye symptoms and hello to clear, comfortable vision. Don't wait, call us now at (562) 925-6591 or visit /appointment-request-form/ to book your appointment. Your eyes deserve the best, trust our team to provide the care you need. Patients with dry eye visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of dry eye services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.
Read More
Preventing eye injuries
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there are an estimated 2,000 eye injuries in the workplace every day in the United States that require medical care. These injuries can result in temporary or permanent vision loss, and can also lead to missed work and a significant impact on the individual's quality of life. Eye injuries are particularly concerning as they impact children and adults, and are the second leading cause of vision impairment, second only to cataracts.  Luckily 90% of eye injuries can be prevented by wearing appropriate protective eye wear. 

Eye injuries in the workplace

Eye injuries in the workplace are a common occurrence. Even small pieces of metal or wood, when propelled at high speeds, have the potential to cause serious damage to the eye. To prevent these types of injuries, it is important to wear protective goggles or glasses. This will prevent objects from penetrating the eye. Dust in the air can also cause damage, so goggles or glasses with polycarbonate lenses are recommended. If you're unsure if your glasses have polycarbonate lenses, consider wearing protective goggles over them to provide an extra layer of protection.

How can you best protect your eyes from injury?

The best way to prevent eye injuries is to wear protective goggles or glasses. Goggles provide a physical barrier that can prevent objects from penetrating the eye, while glasses can also protect the eyes from high-speed projectiles and dust in the air. When choosing goggles or glasses, it's important to select a lens material that is sturdy and won't shatter if something were to hit it. One recommended material is polycarbonate, which is a durable and safe option for protecting your eyes. Polycarbonate lens material has a built-in UV protection layer, which can protect your eyes from harmful rays.

Can contact lenses provide adequate protection for the eyes in high-risk environments?

Contact lenses can provide some protection for the eyes, such as UV protection, but they do not provide the same level of protection as goggles or glasses. Contact lenses are primarily used to improve vision and should be worn in conjunction with protective goggles or glasses in high-risk environments. For athletes contact lenses may be a better option than glasses as they are less likely to cause an eye injury. 

How can you protect yourself from chemical eye injuries in the workplace?

Chemical eye injuries can occur in the workplace, particularly in environments where chemicals are used or handled. To protect against these types of injuries, goggles or safety glasses are ideal. While some chemicals may be airborne and can cause more severe issues, goggles or safety glasses will provide a physical barrier to prevent splashes from causing damage to the eyes. OSHA standard states, an eyewash and/or safety shower would be required where an employee's eyes or body could be exposed to injurious corrosive materials.

What are the common causes of eye injuries in the kitchen?

44% of eye injuries occur in the home, with many happening in the kitchen. For example, grease from a frying pan can spray up to your eye. To prevent grease induced eye injuries use grease shields while frying to protect from hot oil splatter. Another example of a common eye injury in the home is cutting chili peppers and getting sprayed in the eye. Additionally, if chili pepper residue is on your hands and you inadvertently rub your eyes, it can cause a mild chemical burn. To prevent this type of injury, it is important to wash your hands multiple times to remove any residue and to wash your eyes out with saline if they come into contact with chili pepper.  For any eye injury it is best to call us at (562) 925-6591. Even for mild injuries, if the eye injury is not healing, it is best to check in with our eye doctor.

When should you seek medical attention for an eye injury caused by hot peppers or hot oil?

If someone has sprayed hot peppers or hot oil in their eye and it is causing pain and discomfort, it is recommended that they seek medical attention. Even if they have flushed the eye, it is still important to have it checked by our eye doctor. This is because any time the eye is scratched or exposed to a chemical burn, there is a risk of infection. Our eye doctor can evaluate the severity of the injury and take preventative measures, such as prescribing antibiotics if needed.

What should you do if alcohol gel gets into your eyes?

Using alcohol gel on the hands to kill germs can be painful and in some cases cause complications if it gets into the eyes. Similarly to other chemicals, it can cause a mild burn on the surface of the eye. This can cause similar symptoms as chili pepper or other kitchen-related injuries. If a significant amount of alcohol gel gets into the eye, it can open the eye up to possible infection. It is important to have it looked at by our eye doctor.

What are the common causes of eye irritations from non-caustic substances?

Substances such as sunscreen or makeup can cause eye irritations. If this occurs, the first step is to wash the eye out with saline. Generally, these types of irritations are mild and will improve over time, but if the eye remains irritated after a day, it is best to schedule an eye exam at our office in Bellflower.

What should you do if a chemical or alcohol gel gets into your eye while wearing contact lenses?

If a chemical or alcohol gel gets into the eye and the person has contact lenses in, it is important to remove the contact lenses and throw them away. This is because the substance is likely on the contact lens and can further irritate the eye. It is recommended not to put another contact lens in until the eye has been evaluated by our eye doctor. It is also a good idea to have backup glasses or another contact lens with you, in case an injury occurs and you need to remove your contact lenses. In a situation where a chemical gets in the eye and there is no access to saline or drops, using tap water is better than nothing. However, it is not ideal because tap water may contain impurities that could further irritate the eye. Ideally, it is best to have access to saline or other eye washing solutions.

What should you do if you suspect you have a foreign body in your eye?

If someone thinks they have a foreign body, such as a piece of metal or wood chip, in their eye, it is important to have it removed as soon as possible. This is especially true if the foreign body is a high-velocity projectile object. If a piece of metal gets stuck in the eye, it can cause discomfort, pain, and rust formation, which can make it harder to remove and require more intensive treatment. If someone believes they have a piece of metal in their eye, they should seek medical attention from our eye doctor or, if necessary, an urgent care or emergency room.

Visit us at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach for eye emergencies

If you suspect that you have an eye injury, whether it be from a foreign body, chemical, or other cause, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. The risks of leaving an eye injury untreated can be severe and may lead to long-term damage. If you are in a high-risk environment, such as a workplace that uses chemicals or a kitchen, it is important to take preventative measures such as wearing protective goggles or glasses. If you have any questions or concerns about eye injuries, please contact us at (562) 925-6591. Patients searching for emergency eye exams visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of emergency eye care services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.
Read More
Floaters and flashes in your vision: what you need to know from your Los Angeles eye doctors
In this blog, we'll discuss what floaters and flashes are, potential causes, and why it's important to have them evaluated by an eye doctor.

What are floaters and flashes in your vision?

Floaters are small spots or shapes that appear to float in front of your vision. They may look like black or gray dots, circles, or strings and can be most noticeable when looking at a plain background, such as a clear blue sky or a white wall. Floaters are caused by clumps of cells or bits of debris in the vitreous humor, the clear gel that fills the space between your lens and retina. Flashes of light, also known as photopsia, are brief bursts of light or lightning streaks that can appear in one or both eyes. They may look like stars, fireworks, or camera flashes and can be triggered by a variety of different factors.

What are the different causes of flashes and floaters?

Floaters are normal in the majority of cases, and can be considered a part of aging. Most adults have a few floaters in their vision, and even children and teenagers may have them without any obvious pathology or disease.  There are many factors that can cause flashes, including:
  • Clumps of cells or bits of debris in the vitreous humor
  • Age-related shrinkage of the vitreous gel
  • Injury to the eye
  • Infection or inflammation in the eye
  • Bleeding into the eye
  • Complications from cataract surgery
Flashes of light can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
  • Retinal detachment
  • Vitreous detachment
  • Migraines
  • Trauma
  • Eye infections
  • High blood pressure
  • Other medical conditions

Who is at risk for flashes and floaters?

Patients who are at risk for experiencing flashes and floaters may include the following:
  • Nearsightedness
  • Over 50 years of age
  • Eye injury or inflammation
  • Certain eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, or posterior vitreous detachment
  • Cataract
  • Having a history of eye surgery
  • Trauma to the eye
  • High myopia
  • Inflammation inside the eye
  • Inflammation or infection of the uvea (middle layer of the eye)
  • Certain medications

What should you do if you see flashes and floaters in your vision?

In general, randomly seeing flashes of light or having floating squiggles or dots in your vision is normal, however it is important to have a comprehensive eye exam in order to rule out anything more serious. If the flashes or floaters in your vision are sudden or very common that may be a serious sign and you should schedule an emergency eye exam with us right away.  If you experience flashes and floaters in your vision, it is important to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor as soon as possible. If you don’t already have a trusted optometrist or live too far from our office in Bellflower, you might begin your search online by entering “eye doctor near me” or “emergency eye exam near me”. These symptoms can be a sign of something more serious, such as a retinal detachment or vitreous detachment. A retinal detachment is particularly vision-threatening, but if it's caught early, you may be able to preserve your vision. Additionally, you should avoid rubbing your eyes or pressing on them, avoid straining your eyes, and avoid excessively bending or lifting heavy objects, as these activities can cause symptoms to worsen and even cause retinal detachment. It's also a good idea to reduce or stop any activities that could lead to a head injury as trauma to the head or eye is one of the cause of retinal detachment.

Visit our eye doctor in Bellflower for an eye emergency or to evaluate flashes and floaters in your vision

If you have noticed any new floaters or flashes of light in your vision, it's important not to delay visiting our eye doctor. Our eye care professionals are available for emergency appointments, and early detection and treatment can help preserve your vision and prevent serious complications. Don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor if you are experiencing any new symptoms. To schedule an evaluation, please call (562) 925-6591.
Read More
Understanding prisms and their role in treating post trauma vision syndrome
Prism lenses are commonly prescribed by neuro optometrists to correct an imbalance in the eyes and change the perception of space for a patient with post trauma vision syndrome. In this blog, we will discuss the use of prisms for post-traumatic vision syndrome (PTVS) and how they can help those who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury.

What are prisms?

Prism lenses are used to shift light in the eyes, which can help to correct an imbalance in the eyes. They are commonly used during treatment for post-traumatic vision syndrome. The most common approach is using small amounts of base-in prism. Oftentimes, this can be in the order of about a quarter to as much as one or more prism diopters of base-in.

What is a yoked prism? Does it improve balance?

A yoked prism is a type of optical prism that is used to correct for double vision, which is a condition where the eyes are misaligned and the brain receives double vision. The prism redirects light entering the eye, allowing the brain to correctly perceive a single image. Yoked prisms can help improve balance in some cases, as it can help correct for binocular vision disorders that can affect balance. Strabismus, for example, can lead to a lack of depth perception which can make it difficult to judge distances and maintain balance. By using a yoked prism to correct for misaligned eyes, it can help to improve depth perception and therefore improve balance. In addition, yoked prisms can be used as part of a vision therapy program to improve binocular vision, which in turn can improve balance and coordination. However, it is important to note that balance is a complex issue that can be caused by a variety of factors such as inner ear problems, muscle weakness, or neurological conditions. Therefore, yoked prisms may not be suitable for all cases, and other forms of treatment may be needed to address balance issues.

What is post trauma vision syndrome (PTVS)?

Post trauma vision syndrome (PTVS) is a condition that can occur immediately after a traumatic brain injury, but it can also persist for years post-injury. In some cases, patients have been three to four years out from an injury and still present with persistent symptoms. The condition can be addressed quickly in an inpatient setting, and patients are usually grateful to find out that there are things that can still be done about it. The goal of treatment for PTVS is to refer patients to specialists who specialize in the use of specialized prisms, specialized optics, and various other treatments. The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF), and the College of Optometry and Vision Development (COVD) are organizations that work to educate optometrists on the use of prisms for PTVS.

Who is at risk for post traumatic vision syndrome?

Post traumatic vision syndrome can occur at any age, from young children who have suffered a fall to seniors who have suffered a stroke. It is important to note that anyone who has suffered a brain injury can benefit from the help that is provided by our neuro-optometrists who specialize in treating post trauma vision syndrome. If you don’t already have a trusted optometrist, you might begin your search online by entering “neuro optometrist near me”.

Schedule a neuro-optometric evaluation with Dr. Ikeda

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is important to seek the help of a specialist who can provide specialized prisms and other treatments to help alleviate symptoms and improve your visual function. Contact our neuro optometrist to learn more about post-traumatic vision syndrome and how it can be treated. To schedule a neuro-optometric evaluation, please call (562) 925-6591. Patients with functional vision issues following a head injury or stroke visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of neuro-optometric rehabilitation services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.
Read More
What should you do if you have pink eye
It is estimated that 135 cases of bacterial conjunctivitis, a type of pinkeye, occur per 10,000 people in the United States each year. This represents about 1% of all primary care consultations. Pinkeye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an eye condition that results in inflammation of the clear layer covering the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. This condition can affect people of all ages and may be caused by various factors, such as infections, allergies, or contact lens overuse. If you think you have pinkeye, it's important to seek medical attention and follow the treatment plan recommended by our doctor to help clear up the infection and prevent it from spreading to others.

What are the most common symptoms of pink eye?

Pinkeye can affect one or both eyes, and may start in one eye before spreading to the other.  The most common symptoms of pinkeye are:
  • Redness 
  • Itching
  • Watering of the eyes 
  • Discharge from eyes
  • Crusting around the lashes
  • Swollen eyelids
If you are experiencing any of the above listed symptoms, it's important to call our eye doctor as soon as possible. These symptoms may be a sign of pink eye, which can be caused by various factors such as infections, allergies, or contact lens overuse. Our eye doctor can provide an evaluation to determine the cause of your pink eye and recommend the appropriate treatment. To schedule an emergency eye exam with our eye doctor, please call (562) 925-6591.

What can you do to prevent the spread of pink eye?

If you think you have pinkeye, it's important to practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of the infection to others. Here are some tips to follow:
  • Assume that it's contagious, even if it may not be
  • Avoid touching your eyes or rubbing them
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially before and after touching your eyes
  • Avoid sharing towels, pillows, or other personal items with others
  • Keep your eye clean by gently washing away any discharge with a clean, damp cloth

When should you see an eye doctor immediately if you have pink eye?

If you are experiencing extreme vision loss or extreme pain, it is considered an emergency and you should seek medical attention immediately. In other cases, it's best to call the eye doctor's office and explain your symptoms. They will be able to assess how soon you need to be seen and provide further guidance. In case of an eye emergency, please call (562) 925-6591.

Schedule a medical eye exam for pink eye at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach

If you think you have pink eye, it's a good idea to call our optometry clinic in Bellflower  for an evaluation. During the exam, our eye doctor will ask you about your symptoms and medical history, and examine your eyes using a microscope or other specialized instruments. The exam may include a number of tests such as slit lamp examination, fluorescein staining, culture to determine the cause of your pinkeye and assess the severity of the condition. To schedule an eye exam, please call (562) 925-6591. Patients searching for advanced medical eye care for pink eye and other emergency eye care needs visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical and emergency eye care services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.
Read More
A guide to preventing and treating a Stye
If you've noticed a bump on your eyelid that looks like a pimple or blister, it may be a stye. These bumps are caused by infected oil glands in your eyelids and can be uncomfortable and unsightly. In this blog post, we will explain what a stye is and how to properly treat it.

What is a stye?

A stye, also known as a hordeolum, is a bump on the eyelid that is caused by an infection in the oil glands. These oil glands, located in both the upper and lower eyelids, produce oils that go into our tears to prevent them from evaporating. When the glands become backed up and infected, a stye can form.

How is a stye treated?

If you have a stye, it is important to see our eye doctor for proper treatment. However, there are some steps you can take at home to help bring down the bump and clear the infection. One of the most effective methods is to use a warm compress. Place a warm, damp cloth over the stye for 5-10 minutes, then gently massage the area. The warmth will help to melt the oil and the massage will help to move it out of the gland. It is important to continue using the warm compress and massaging the stye until it has cleared up, as stopping too soon can cause the bump to get bigger. It may take several weeks for the stye to fully go away.

What can you do to prevent stye?

To prevent styes from forming, it is important to practice good eyelid hygiene. This includes regularly cleaning the area with a gentle, oil-free cleanser and avoiding touching or rubbing your eyes. If you wear eye makeup, make sure to remove it thoroughly before going to bed and to replace your makeup regularly to prevent the buildup of bacteria.

Visit our eye doctor in Bellflower for a stye or an emergency eye exam 

It is recommended to see an eye doctor if you have a stye that is not improving, is uncomfortable, or is getting bigger. An eye exam will allow our optometrist to properly diagnose the stye and determine the best course of treatment. In some cases, a stye may be a sign of an underlying eye condition that needs to be treated. An eye exam can also help to rule out other potential causes of the bump on your eyelid. Even if the stye is small and does not seem to be causing any problems, it is still a good idea to have it checked out to ensure that it is properly treated and to prevent any potential complications. To schedule an appointment, please call (562) 925-6591.
Read More
Caring for daily contact lenses
Daily contact lenses are a popular and convenient alternative to eye glasses or extended wear contact lenses for correcting vision. The biggest reason why they are so popular is because they do not require as much maintenance as extended use lenses, however, proper care and handling of contact lenses are essential to ensure the health and comfort of the eyes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 41 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. Of these, 20% report having experienced a contact lens-related eye injury. Proper care and handling of contact lenses can help to reduce the risk of eye injuries and infections.

Follow these tips to properly care for your daily contact lenses

Caring for daily contact lenses is fairly simple, but is important to ensure the health and comfort of the eyes. Here are some key tips for caring for daily contact lenses:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them thoroughly before handling contact lenses. This helps to prevent the transfer of oils and other substances that can harm the eyes.
  • Do not reuse daily contact lenses, daily lenses should be thrown out after use.
  • Do not use contacts if you will be in contact with water, this includes water sports, swimming and showering. Tap water or other water sources can contain microorganisms that can cause serious eye infections.
  • Avoid sleeping in contact lenses, unless specifically approved by our optometrist. The eyes need to breathe and receive oxygen while sleeping.
  • Do not use your daily lenses for longer periods of time than recommended by our optometrist or the manufacturer.
  • Have a backup pair of eyeglasses on hand in case the contact lenses become dislodged or uncomfortable during physical activity.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure the health and comfort of your eyes while wearing daily contact lenses. If you have any questions or concerns about caring for your contact lenses, be sure to consult with our optometrist. To schedule an appointment, please call (562) 925-6591.

Why should you not sleep with contact lenses on?

It is generally not recommended to sleep in contact lenses, as the eyes need to breathe and receive oxygen while sleeping. However, there are some types of contact lenses that are specifically designed to be worn overnight. Our optometrist can advise you on whether or not it is safe for you to sleep in your contact lenses. To learn more about contact lenses, visit our main contact lens page.

Schedule a contact lens exam near you in Bellflower

If you are seeking an eye doctor who can provide contact lens exams and fittings, look no further. Our optometrist is experienced in providing top-quality care and guidance to ensure the health and comfort of your eyes with contact lenses. Don't hesitate – visit our optometrist at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach for all your contact lens needs. To schedule a contact lens exam, please call (562) 925-6591. Patients looking for a contact lens exam visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading contact lens practice for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.
Read More
CRT or Corneal Refractive Therapy in Bellflower
According to the National Eye Institute, 41.6% of US citizens aged 12 to 54 have myopia. The prevalence of myopia increases with age, with children and adolescents being more likely to be myopic than adults. For a child with myopia it is extremely important to reduce the progression of their minus prescription so that they do not have a higher risk of eye disease later in life. We reduce progression by using specialized contact lenses or eye drops, this is called myopia management or myopia control 

For myopia control and as a LASIK alternative

CRT lenses are a great option for children with myopia, leaving them with great vision during the day without the need for glasses or contact lenses. But CRT lenses are also a great option for adults who want to go all day without glasses or contact lenses. Are you tired of wearing glasses or contacts all day, every day? CRT lenses may be the perfect solution for you.

How does a child with myopia experience the world? 

How does myopia (nearsightedness) impact your child in the classroom or while engaging in sports? Use our myopia simulator to see how your myopic child may see the world around them and better understand how that is impacting their success. https://amplifyeyecarelongbeach.com/myopia/myopia-simulator/  Myopia management is important as it reduces health risks later in life, but it also has the advantage of making sure that your child's prescription does not change as fast, which means that they have better vision in the classroom and during sports. 

What are CRT lenses?

These lenses are a type of rigid gas permeable contact lens that are approved by the FDA and specifically designed to temporarily reduce myopia (nearsightedness). Also known as Ortho-K lenses, CRT lenses work by gently reshaping the cornea while you sleep. This allows you to wake up with clear vision and go about your day without the need for glasses or additional contact lenses. If you are interested in learning more about CRT lenses, be sure to speak to our eye doctor in Bellflower to determine if they are right for you.

What are the benefits of corneal refractive therapy?

CRT lenses work very well and they have been very successful in patients at our optometry clinic in Bellflower. 
  • These lenses are extremely effective at slowing down the progression of childhood myopia, this is important as children with high myopia have dramatically increased risks of vision threatening eye disease when they are older. 
  • Patients love them because they allow patients to go without glasses or contacts during the day, they only sleep with the lenses. Patients can enjoy playing sports such as water polo and they do not have to worry about being able to see the ball or their teammates or having to worry about eyewear or contact lenses. 
  • These lenses not only provide correction for myopia (nearsightedness) but also make your life much easier. These lenses eliminate the need for wearing glasses or contact lenses during the day. They also provide better visual acuity without wearing glasses or contact lenses.
  • In addition to the convenience factor, CRT lenses can also be a more cost-effective option in the long run. Because they are only worn at night, they last longer than traditional contact lenses and may require fewer replacement lenses over time.
  • CRT lenses are a great alternative to LASIK

Who is a good candidate for CRT (Corneal Refractive Therapy)?

  • FDA approved the CRT lenses for temporarily correcting myopia in patients with myopia (nearsightedness) up to –6.00 diopters.
  • They were also approved for patients with mild astigmatism up to -1.75 diopters.
  • CRT lenses are not used to correct hyperopia (farsightedness).
  • They are also not prescribed to patients with presbyopia (unable to see object nearby clearly)

Looking for a contact lens specialty center near you? Visit our contact lens center in Bellflower

A contact lens exam is important because it ensures that the contact lenses being worn fit properly and are suitable for the patient's eyes. It is also important to visit a clinic that offers a wide range of specialty lenses, so that you can have the best options for your needs.  Improperly fitting contact lenses can cause a variety of problems, including eye irritation, corneal abrasions, and decreased vision. During a contact lens exam, our eye doctor will measure the size and shape of the eye to determine the correct size and type of contact lens, as well as check for any underlying eye conditions that may affect the wear of contact lenses. In addition, our eye doctor will provide instructions on how to properly care for and handle the contact lenses to prevent eye problems.

Schedule a contact lens evaluation for CRT lenses in Bellflower, CA

If you're interested in learning more about CRT lenses and whether they may be a good option for you or your child, don't hesitate to contact our office. Our experienced eye doctors  would be happy to discuss your options and help you determine the best course of treatment. Give us a call at (562) 925-6591 or click here Book an Appointment to schedule an appointment online today to take the first step towards clearer vision. Patients with myopia or astigmatism who are looking for alternatives to conventional contact lenses or glasses, and parents who are concerned about their child’s myopia, visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of contact lens services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles. How does myopia (nearsightedness) impact your child in the classroom or while engaging in sports? Use our myopia simulator to see how your myopic child may see the world around them and better understand how that is impacting their success. https://amplifyeyecarelongbeach.com/myopia/myopia-simulator/ 
Read More
Is there a difference between a scratched eye and a scratched cornea?
Corneal abrasions, or scratched corneas, are a common occurrence and make up a significant portion of eye injury cases. In fact, around 10% of emergency eye care is related to corneal abrasions. A scratched eye, is another name for a corneal abrasion, it is a common and usually minor injury that occurs when something scratches the clear, protective layer that covers the front of the eye.  Although a corneal abrasion is generally a minor injury it is important to get it seen right away in order to prevent infection. This is because the cornea is extremely important to our vision, the cornea is a  transparent layer at the front of the eye that helps focus light, and if it is damaged it can cause distorted vision.  The cornea is one of the most sensitive parts of our body and you can usually tell if you scratched the cornea because of pain. A scratched eye or scratched cornea can cause pain, redness, and sensitivity to light. 

What causes a scratched eye?

A scratched eye can happen from a variety of causes, one of the most common causes is by a foreign object, such as a piece of dirt or a contact lens, getting into the eye and scratching the cornea. It can also be caused by rubbing the eye too hard or by accidentally poking the eye with a finger or other object. While most cases of scratches to the eye heal on their own it is always a good idea to visit our optometrist so that they can examine the scratch under a microscope and if needed provide treatment.  Treatment may include antibiotics, special eye drops or ointments, specialized bandage contact lenses, and in rare cases, surgery.

Can a scratched eye or scratched cornea heal on its own?

In most cases, a scratched eye will heal on its own within a few days with proper treatment. If the pain is not subsiding, your vision is impacted, or you have symptoms that persist, you should schedule an emergency eye exam by calling us at (562) 925-6591. While most cases do not lead to any long term damage, it is important to make sure that the wound heals properly and does not cause infection or scarring, this is especially true if the scratch is deep. In the case of severe eye pain or vision impairment, visit our eye doctor as soon as possible.

Visit us at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach for an eye emergency

If you think you may have a scratched eye or scratched cornea, it is important to see an eye doctor as soon as possible. Our eye doctor in Bellflower can diagnose and treat a scratched eye and scratched cornea, and help you preserve your vision. Call us at (562) 925-6591 if you suspect you have a scratched eye or a scratched cornea. Patients with eye emergencies like a scratched eye or a scratched cornea visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.
Read More
1 2 3 10

Testimonials


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.


Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.


Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!


Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.


Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.


Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.


Daniel G.
1 2 3

Blog

pexels-eternal-happiness-3327126

Bellflower eye doctor explains how to get rid of under eye bags

As a local optometry clinic, we often get asked how to get rid of under eye bags. Many people have […]

Read More
closeupeyes2

Los Angeles Eye Emergency? What should you do if you suffer a blow to your eye

Eye injuries are a significant public health concern, and it's estimated that about 2.5 million eye injuries occur in the […]

Read More
tired-exhausted-man-taking-off-glasses-feeling-eye-KW5EY96 (1)

How to tell if your pink eye is viral or bacterial

It is estimated that pink eye is one of the most common eye conditions in the United States, with an […]

Read More
see all blogs

Contact Us To Amplify Your EyeCare

Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach Logo

Working Hours

Monday & Wednesday
9:00AM–6:00PM

Tuesday & Thursday
8:00AM–5:00PM

Saturday
By appointment only

Friday & Sunday
Closed

 

 

Location
16816 Clark Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706
Fax
(562) 867-8719
Website Accessibility Policy
Safety protocols page
privacy policy
Cancellation Policy
For Patients
appointment
Call Us
Referrals
Assessments
For Patients
appointment
Call Us
Referrals
Assessments
eyefile-adduserphone-handsetcalendar-fullarrow-uparrow-right linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram