Can Vision Therapy Help My Child?

Published on
April 26, 2022

At Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach we recommend vision therapy when we are certain that it would be of great help to your child. There are clear guidelines that are scientifically validated and taught at all optometry schools that indicate when a child (or adult) would be helped by vision therapy, otherwise we would not recommend it. Vision therapy involves working with both your vision therapist as well as our functional optometrist to create an individualized program that improves functional vision performance. Our eye doctor, Dr. Eric Ikeda FCOVD, DPNAP,  carefully monitors your child’s progress throughout the length of therapy. 

Does vision therapy work the same for everyone?

Vision therapy is different for each individual. Vision therapy and rehabilitation require a diagnosis and a plan, and those plans must be very structured and tailored to each patient. The vision therapy a child gets is not general vision therapy, but a very specific plan designed to help this child perform better in everything else they do in life, including learning and sports.

What role does vision therapy play in the life of a child?

It is not surprising that children acknowledge when they have a problem in school or while playing sports and wish to be assisted. The issue is that most of the time they do not realize that the difficulties that they face when reading, doing school work, or playing sports, is a vision issue. After a comprehensive functional vision exam with Dr. Ikeda, our Vision therapists work with our functional optometrist to come up with an individual plan for your child. Keeping your child compliant, following through with activities they are expected to complete at home, and monitoring their progress is very important to ensure that therapy is successful. Child’s progress is also monitored when they come in for periodic progress evaluations with Dr. Ikeda. It is important to Dr. Ikeda sees how the vision therapy transfers well to the goals the child identifies, whether it is to be able to read better or be better at sports. All those goals are important to the eye doctor because they are important to the child.

Schedule a functional vision exam at our Los Angeles optometry office

Our state of the art eye care clinic located in Bellflower, just north of Long Beach, provides advanced eye care with a focus on functional vision. Dr. Ikeda is a world renowned functional optometrist who has served in senior leadership positions with the Neuro Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and the Optometric Extension Program Foundation. He has lectured extensively on functional vision, and continues to serve as Clinical Associate Professor of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry.

He had launched the Neuro Optometry Clinic at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and then later, began the Neuro Optometry Clinic at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation. He serves as a neuro visual rehabilitation consultant for Winways Transitional Living Center in Orange, Care Meridian (Artesia, La Habra Heights, Garden Grove, and Cowan Heights), and Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital, San Pedro.

Call our office at (562) 925-6591 to schedule a functional eye exam today. 


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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