Dr. Ikeda’s Experience In Optometry

Published on
February 22, 2022

Dr. Eric Ikeda graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1986, now known as Marshall Ketchum University. He became interested in vision therapy following his graduation from Southern California College of Optometry. As he began his career, he seeked for practices that focused on vision therapy. There weren't a lot of such practices. He found one in Bellflower and his two partners; one was the past president of OEP and the other was also interested in vision therapy. When he joined the practice, they helped guide him into the different organizations to become a part of and to learn to attend the continuing education courses. Therefore, he became a member of OEPF, COVD and later, NORA. 

Optometric extension program foundation (OEPF)

The Optometric Extension Program Foundation is an international non-profit dedicated to the advancement of the discipline of optometry through the gathering and dissemination of information on vision and the visual process. They produce wonderful educational programs and publications on an extensive basis for the development of the profession. Dr. Ikeda had the privilege of recently completing a term as the president of the OEPF. 

College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is a non-profit organization that consists of eye care professionals, including optometrists, optometry students, and vision therapists. Founded in 1970, the College of Optometrists In Vision Development (COVD) offers board certification for optometrists and vision therapists to provide state-of-the-art services in: Behavioral and developmental vision care, Vision therapy, and Neuro-optometric rehabilitation.

Dr. Ikeda joined the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and had the privilege of becoming a fellow (FCOVD). This is a great organization because it helped him learn some of the things he was not aware of in the areas of functional and behavioral optometry . It helped him learn things that made him a better practitioner. He valued the program and it supported him very strongly. He loves attending conferences and meeting his colleagues from around the world.

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA)

The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association is an international group of professionals dedicated to providing patients with disabilities as a result of an acquired brain injury with a complete ocular health assessment and providing them with optimum visual rehabilitation to -+improve their quality of life. NORA's mission is to advance the art and science of rehabilitation, with a focus on optimizing the function of visual-motor, visual-perceptual, and visual information processing in neurologically affected individuals.

When Dr. Ikeda began his career there was not a lot of time spent at Optometry school on working with patients who had an acquired brain injury. Even though he was at a vision therapy practice his primary experience was working with children who had developmental delays impacting their learning.  He was introduced to Dr. Vincent R. Vicci, the president of NORA at that time. Dr. Vicci assisted him with a brain injury case. Dr. Vicci encouraged him to become a member of NORA and attend classes. Then he volunteered to become a part of the organization, eventually leading the organization as a president, and being awarded the founding fathers medal from NORA. Dr. Ikeda is honored to be part of such a dedicated group of professionals and has enjoyed learning and teaching about neuro-optometric rehabilitation. 

American Optometric Association (AOA)

The American Optometric Association (AOA), founded in 1898, is the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation's health, representing more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (O.D.), optometric professionals and optometry students.
Throughout his career Dr. Ikeda has supported all the organizations he has been associated with, including the American Optometric Association, of which he has been a member since he was a student. Dr. Ikeda has the privilege of being appointed to the American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Committee and to the Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force

Dr. Ikeda’s clinical experience includes:

  • Neuro-Optometrist at Amplify EyeCare Of Greater Long Beach
  • Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)
  • Clinical Associate Professor of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry
  • Charter Program Director for the Neuro Optometry Clinic at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation (Pomona)
  • Provides clinical staff services at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (Downey); NeuroRestorative rehabilitation centers (Artesia, Garden Grove, La Habra, San Dimas)
  • Recognized as “Physician of the Year” by the Rehabilitation Nurses Society
  • Recipient of “Founding Fathers Medal” for his continued service to NORA
  • Inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner into the National Academies of Practice (Optometry Academy)
  • Recipient of the Founder’s Award by Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry


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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