Meet Dr. Eric Ikeda

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Dr. Ikeda Optometry Journey

Dr. Eric Ikeda graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and then earned his Doctor of Optometry degree at the Southern California College of Optometry in 1986. He is a leading optometrist in the field of neuro optometric rehabilitation & developmental optometry. He has made profound contributions to the field over the years and uses these expertise to provide the highest quality of eye care to his patients. 
Dr. Ikeda became a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Developmental Optometry (FCOVD) in 1992. He also completed his Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents (TPA) certification in 1996 and completed Levels I and II of the Clinical Skills Building Program of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. He is Past-President of the San Gabriel Valley Optometric Society and of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA). He also received the “Founding Fathers Medal” for his continued service to NORA. Dr. Ikeda was recognized as “Physician of the Year” by the Rehabilitation Nurses Society in 2012 and currently serves as program director for the Neuro Optometry Clinic at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in Pomona. He provides clinical staff services at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (Downey). Dr. Ikeda was appointed to the American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Committee and to the TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Task Force. 

How he Got into His Focuses of Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation & Developmental Optometry

Additionally, Dr. Ikeda is Director Trustee and Past-President of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF). Dr. Ikeda was inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner into the National Academies of Practice (Optometry Academy) in 2006. He was appointed Clinical Associate Professor of the Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry and the university awarded him with the Founder’s Award in 2010. Dr. Ikeda has lectured locally and nationally and continues to provide in-services to various professional organizations and rehabilitation facilities. He also serves as consultant for Winways Transitional Living Center at Care Meridian in Orange and Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital, San Pedro. Dr. Ikeda consults with several local school districts for children with visually related learning disabilities and children with special needs.
Dr. Ikeda has been awarded the 2022 Skeffington Legacy Award by the Optometric Extension Program Foundation board. The award was given for his "leadership, insights, time and resources to guide us through key turning moments”.

What Dr. Ikeda Likes To Do Outside Office

When Dr. Ikeda is not at work, he enjoys freshwater and saltwater fishing, hiking, and golfing with his family and friends. He makes time to actively participate in community service. He served as president of the Bellflower Noon Lions Club and has received many awards there. He served as District 4 L-2 Zone chairman, was board chair and continues to serve on the Cerritos College Foundation board. He had served as board President of Family Service of Long Beach, and assistant Scoutmaster of his son’s local Boy Scout Troop. He was also elected onto the Bellflower Somerset Mutual Water Company board and served as president for two years. 


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.
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