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    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
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    Passion For Learning

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

    We believe in honesty, openness, trust, respect and reliability in all that we do.
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    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.
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    You Are Unique

    We know it takes people with different ideas, strengths, interests, and cultural backgrounds to help us succeed.
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    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)
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    We are honest about the actions we are taking, being upfront and visible.

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Do you need glasses if you are a contact lens wearer?
Many patients that visit our Bellflower Optometry clinic ask us if they still need to buy glasses if they wear contact lenses. Our optometrists do recommend to our patients that they should have up-to-date prescription glasses as well if you are a contact lens wearer for many different reasons.

Have a backup pair of glasses for traveling

If for some reason you are unable to wear your contact lenses, such as you lost them, or if you are traveling, and you realize you don't have your contact lenses with you, then you need to have your glasses to be able to see clearly. 

A backup pair of glasses is important if your eyes are Irritated from contact lens overuse

You may develop a very serious infection or irritation if you use contact lenses for too long. In addition, if you suffer from seasonal allergies and are in a new location, that becomes an issue, which causes discomfort and itching. It's best not to rub your eyes when that happens, particularly if you wear contact lenses. That’s where you want to have the option of wearing glasses.

In the event of an emergency, glasses are much faster and easier to wear

There are several states in the United States where earthquakes occur very frequently and can occur at any time. You cannot prepare for emergency situations like this. If you are sleeping and it occurs in the middle of the night, you will not have time to put on your contact lenses to be able to see clearly, so having your prescription glasses on hand in such unfortunate emergency situations is mandatory.

Patients with dry eye should always have a backup pair of glasses

Patients who have the diagnosis of dry eyes may not be comfortable wearing contact lenses at all times. This is due to the fact that the cornea, which is the front part of your eye, receives its oxygen directly from the air. Since contact lenses can partially block oxygen from reaching the eye, your eyes can get a dry, itchy feeling. Most modern contact lenses are designed to let as much oxygen through as possible, but this can still be an issue, especially after wearing the lenses for prolonged periods. Contact lenses can also cause eye dryness by absorbing tears meant to keep the eye moist. Glasses may be more comfortable for such patients and are definitely recommended to give your eyes time to breath. If you are experiencing irritation or dry eye symptoms that are not related to contact lens use, schedule a dry eye evaluation at our Bellflower optometry clinic to get to the root cause of your symptoms. 

Can anyone get contact lenses?

Can babies or Infants wear contact lenses?

The majority of people can get contact lenses. Contact lenses can be given to someone who is very young, such as an infant, but only if they are a necessity. It would be their parents who would fit them and remove them. Even though it is not very common, they can be prescribed if the eye doctor determines that the infant or child absolutely needs it.

Can kids wear contact lenses? 

Children can benefit greatly from contact lenses whether for cosmetic reasons, myopia management, or sports. Our optometrists typically ask the parents how mature and responsible the child is, rather than using age as the main factor when determining the right age for contact lenses. Multiple studies have shown that children as young as 8 years old enjoy wearing contact lenses and are able to follow the instructions of their eye doctor when wearing them. 

Can you wear contact lenses when playing sports?

Many athletes prefer wearing contact lenses during athletic events. In addition to the comfort of contacts, they have the added benefit of being less prone to break and cause an eye injury. 

Can senior citizens wear contact lenses? 

Some patients have worn contact lenses for as long as they can remember, but the makeup of their tears, the makeup of their eyelids, all of that changes over time. As a result, sometimes people find that contact lenses are no longer comfortable as they age. Luckily there are various types of contact lens designs and modalities and in the vast majority of cases patients  there are contact lenses that will provide them with the vision and comfort that they were used to.   

Schedule a contact lens consultation with our optometrists in Los Angeles

One of the benefits of scheduling a contact lens consultation at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach is that we are totally focused on your vision and comfort. Our eye doctors will take the time to explain to you the options available for contact lenses and find the right contact lens for you. At the same time we can have a conversation with you about the benefits of having a back up pair of glasses, which you can then purchase with the help of our knowledgeable opticians. 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.
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Contact lens exam with our Bellflower Optometrists
An estimated 45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. It is recommended that those who wear contact lenses schedule an eye exam at least once a year. At our state of the art optometry clinic in Bellflower we can help you get great vision and comfort with the latest contact lenses. 

What is a contact lens exam?

Contact lenses are a popular alternative to prescription glasses for many people. They are a medical device and are placed directly onto your eyes With the advancement of modern optometry, you can now choose from a wide range of safe and comfortable options to meet your needs. These include soft and hard lenses, disposable lenses, extended wear lenses, and even custom styles. There are even contact lenses that you wear while sleeping that allow you to go without glasses or contact lenses during the day!! Many people want to use them occasionally, while others want to switch completely from standard glasses.

What is included in a contact lens exam? 

Contact lens exams at our state of the art Bellflower, CA optometry clinic include the following components:
  • One of the reasons you may need a contact lens exam is because your contact lens prescription needs to be updated.
  • It's also important to have a contact lens exam to make sure the lens fits, make sure the eye gets enough oxygen, and ensure that the surface of the lens functions properly.
  • We ensure that if you wear daily contact lenses, you actually throw them away at the end of the day, and if it's a monthly lens, it provides comfort and clarity for the entire month.
  • We will assess whether your eye produces enough tears to keep your lenses moist. We all have different tear films because we are all different. And contact lens solutions don't always work for everyone. This is also something we discuss with you.
  • You will receive instructions on how to use and care for your lenses, so that your health and the longevity of the lenses are ensured. You will learn how to safely insert and remove the contacts, as well as how to clean and store them (if they aren't disposable).
  • Additionally, we ensure that the vision is still good with contact lenses. Our goal is to ensure that you are comfortable and happy with your contact lenses.

Schedule a contact lens exam in Bellflower, CA

Many people wonder why they should get a contact lens exam every year if their vision is fine and their contacts are working fine. But our eye doctors also need to check the health of your eye and make sure your eyes are adjusting well to the contact lenses. Changes can be made if necessary. You can schedule a contact lens exam by calling at (562) 925-6591. Patients who need contact lenses or have difficulties wearing contact lenses 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.
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How our Las Angeles based low vision optometrist Dr. Wolff got into optometry
This blog is about our residency trained low vision optometrist Dr. Wolff and how she became an optometrist. Her interest in optometry was partly influenced by low vision care. An individual in her family had macular degeneration which is an eye condition that can result in loss of central vision. Her loved one struggled greatly with low vision when she was in high school. It affected her ability to do everyday chores. She hadn't considered optometry as a career at that time. She didn't realize that low vision was part of optometry when she decided to go into the field. When she was in optometry school and the low vision section came up, she realized how much she could help so many people suffering from low vision, and she thought back to the time her family member suffered from low vision. With years of experience in low vision optometry, she now practices low vision optometry at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach in Bellflower. She was recognized as “Young Optometrist of the Year” in 2015. Dr. Wolff has also been appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry.

What is low vision?

Low vision is a medical condition characterized by impaired vision that cannot be corrected adequately by conventional methods such as glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Having low vision makes it difficult to perform everyday activities such as driving, reading, writing, or watching television. These eye diseases and conditions may cause low vision:
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma 
  • Usher syndrome
  • Best disease
  • Juvenile retinoschisis
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa 
  • Ocular Albinism
  • Strokes 

Schedule a low vision exam with Dr. Wolff

Dr. Wolff practices low vision optometry at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach in Bellflower, California. Patients with low vision visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of low vision services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles. To schedule a low vision evaluation call our office at (562) 925-6591.
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Causes and diagnosis of post traumatic vision syndrome
Post traumatic vision syndrome (PTVS) occurs when areas of the brain involved in visual function are damaged, most often as a result of a traumatic brain injury such as a stroke or concussion. Around 70% of our brains are dedicated to vision and vision processing, so it isn't surprising that traumatic brain injuries can affect the visual system.

What are the symptoms of post traumatic vision syndrome?

Symptoms of post-traumatic vision syndrome include:
  • Double vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty with reading and tracking
  • Poor visual spatial orientation skills
  • Light sensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Balance problems

Is post traumatic vision syndrome caused solely by traumatic brain injuries?

Traumatic brain injuries are typically caused by car accidents, falls and strokes. Those with cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis frequently suffer from difficulties related to the visual system as well. So it doesn't need to be a traumatic brain injury, but any neurological event can certainly negatively affect the patient's vision system, causing more confusion and preventing them from becoming independent. Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation aims to improve quality of life and restore some degree of independence and function for patients.

How is post traumatic vision syndrome diagnosed?

In order to diagnose someone with a vision problem caused by a traumatic brain injury, a neuro optometrist, or an eye doctor that specializes in functional vision following a traumatic brain injury, examines not just your eyeball but also how you stand, how you move in space, how you direct your movements, and your posture. All of these factors are crucial in identifying a vision problem. It's important to look at the whole person and not just the eyes, since the eyes are actually corridors of information that transmits information to the brain. When there's a disruption at the level of the brain, patients experience quite a bit of confusion. Such patients do not completely stop doing the activities that they're usually accustomed to doing at home, but do so less, which affects their emotional well-being.  In such situations, eye doctors respond quickly to patients' concerns and reassure them. Empathy is crucial to understanding what these patients are going through.

Who should you see after a traumatic brain injury?

People who experience vision problems after a traumatic brain injury should consult a neuro optometrist who is experienced in treating such problems. Following an evaluation of your condition, our neuro-optometrist will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. This treatment, also called neuro optometric rehabilitation may include vision therapy exercises, prism lenses, light therapy and vision aids. Every person's recovery time and treatment will be different. Our goal at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach is to make sure traumatic brain injury patients are constantly improving and regaining independence.

Schedule a neuro-optometric exam

When you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you need someone you can rely on to help you regain your independence. A team of highly qualified and compassionate neuro optometrists and therapists at [MBV name="practice-name"] will perform a thorough neuro optometric assessment to determine the specific treatment for your symptoms. Patients who have experienced a traumatic brain injury visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of low vision services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles. If you would like to schedule the exam, please call (562) 925-6591.
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How does vision affect reading?
80% of a child's learning takes place through their eyes, yet 1 in 4 children in the United States has some sort of vision problem that impacts their school performance. Vision is an integral part of everything we do in life. It is therefore so important to take care of our eyes. All our actions are guided by our vision. The act of seeing is not just sensory, but motor as well. In our early stages of life, we rely on our motor system to help develop our visual system, which is responsible for developing eye coordination, identifying objects, and recognizing things that matter. Everything, from school work to sports and social interactions, is directed by vision.

What are the different visual conditions that may affect academic performance?

Vision is extremely important in the classroom. In order to read, you have to be able to look at words and put the words together. You must be able to move your eyes in such a way that you can read fluently and comprehend what you are reading. Furthermore being able to focus on things at close, such as notes or reading materials, then transition to the board at far requires a high functioning visual system.  It is estimated that as many as 1 in 5 school aged children have a vision deficiency that makes it challenging to learn and read in the classroom.
  • Eye coordination problems - Reading can be challenging if you have problems with fixation and eye coordination. If your eyes are not moving together in a coordinated manner, you will often lose your place while reading. And it will take your eyes quite a bit more time to maintain an adequate reading speed.  If students use their fingers or a ruler to find their place, then you could reasonably assume that they have difficulty with eye coordination.
  • Convergence insufficiency - Convergence insufficiency is one of the most common functional vision problems with estimates that it impacts 4.2% to 17.6% of the general population. Convergence insufficiency is a highly treatable condition which makes it hard to keep your eyes focused for extended periods of time when looking at things up close. Children who have convergence insufficiency will have to exert a great deal more effort to focus. In turn, this can lead to chronic fatigue and frequent headaches, which can lead to irritability and acting out in class. Other symptoms include  eye strain, double vision, blurred vision at near, eye fatigue, print moving on page, and frequent loss of place when reading.
  • Close vision difficulty - People who are farsighted (meaning they have difficulty seeing near objects) will have difficulty reading. When a child is farsighted, they are likely to complain of blurry vision, squint frequently, and rub their eyes constantly.
  • Double vision - Double vision can be caused by many factors including a convergence issue, differing prescriptions in each eye, astigmatism, misaligned eyes (strabismus) among other conditions. When a child is seeing double they may not know that this is abnormal or how to describe what they are seeing, making it difficult to identify. If a child is seeing double they are forced to exert much more energy in order to see clearly. Typically children in this situation will fight about doing homework or reading, they may also become very tired after reading or a long day at school.
  • Short attention span - A short attention span can be caused by vision problems that affect reading ability, as is to be expected. When a task is more challenging, a child is likely to dislike it and tolerate it for a shorter period of time.

What is a developmental vision exam? 

Unlike a comprehensive eye exam, a developmental vision exam is a much more in depth evaluation that looks at all elements of a child's visual development and the level of visual development that is required for the demands of their age. A developmental optometrist will conduct a functional eye exam to look beyond just acuity/clarity, and look for the patient’s ability to use their eyes to receive information, process it, and to efficiently use that information.

Schedule a pediatric eye exam in Long Beach CA

Visual skills are crucial for your child's academic success. A visual condition can cause your child to struggle with reading and writing in a classroom. Your children's eye health is our top priority. Pediatric patients visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of pediatric eye care services including developmental eye exams and vision therapy for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles. You can schedule a developmental vision exam by calling at (562) 925-6591.
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Digital magnification for low vision
Low vision devices can be helpful for most patients suffering from low vision, but  according to the American Optometric Association (AOA), only 20-25% of these patients have been examined by a low vision optometrist. The purpose of low vision devices is to help those with poor vision that can not be corrected with regular glasses or contact lenses read better, see more clearly, and enjoy the things that they no longer can enjoy due to their vision loss. A variety of magnifying devices are available, such as stand and hand-held magnifiers, telescopes, electronic magnifiers and strong magnifying reading glasses.

What are the different optical and digital low vision devices?

A low vision aid can be optical or digital. The following are optical low vision devices:
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Handheld magnifiers
  • Stand magnifiers
  • Telescopes
In contrast, digital low vision aids include:
  • Handheld digital magnifiers
  • Electronic magnifiers such as Zoomax and Acesight
  • CCTV stand magnifiers
  • Wearable Technology such as eSight and IrisVision
  • Lighting
  • Contrast enhancement

How does digital magnification help low vision patients?

Since an electronic magnifier is digital and has a screen, you can use it even in a dark environment, like a restaurant with dim lighting. In addition to being able to magnify more text than a simple magnifier, digital magnifiers may also allow you to scroll and adjust contrast. With up to 20 times magnification, you get very high quality large images digitally, in contrast to optically magnified images. Digital magnification not only provides more light but it also enhances contrast. In addition, you can get different color imaging, such as black text on a white screen or white text on a black screen. Those with low vision can read many types of print and writing more easily with digital magnifiers, such as prescription labels, instructions on packages and cans, managing bills and bank statements, reading newspapers, magazines, and books more easily. They can also use it to thread a needle, knit, crochet, and perform other non-reading tasks.

Speak to our low vision optometrist

There are many digital magnifiers available online. However, we highly recommend that you first speak with our low vision eye doctor and have a low vision evaluation. The low vision optometrist will be able to determine your vision needs and recommend the best model for you based on their evaluation of your vision and knowledge of the features offered by various models. Call (562) 925-6591 to schedule a low vision examination.
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Telescopes for low vision
Low vision affects many aspects of a patient's daily life, especially their ability to perform daily tasks. Telescopes are among the tools that can help regain that ability and one we recommend a lot at our Los Angeles Low Vision Center.  Telescopic magnification can help someone with low vision see better in the distance and up close. Magnification can help those with macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy see more clearly and get out of their blind spots. When the patient's prescription is determined during a low vision exam, a telescope is used to determine how much better they can see with magnification. Once our low vision optometrist determines what that magnification is, they can place it in a pair of glasses.

How can low vision patients benefit from telescopes?

  • Monocular telescope - There are a number of everyday activities that you can do with telescopes. If you're out and about and you'd like to look at a bus stop number quickly before you reach it, a handheld monocular comes in handy. The great thing about something like this is that you can simply carry it around with you, or even put it in your pocket, which looks pretty inconspicuous.
  • Bioptic telescopes - It is also possible to integrate telescopes into glasses. When you use these for driving, they are called bioptic telescopes. You don't look through them while driving, which limits your field of view. When you want to see street signs, you simply tilt your head down, look into the telescope, and you will be able to see them. This is a quick spotting technique that you would be taught to use during your training. Students can use these glasses to be able to see the board a little bit better. Through the telescope area, you can view the board, and write in your notebook. These are great because they are hands-free. By using bioptic telescopes, you can also do things with your hands like manicures, threading needles, and other little things.
  • Telescopic reading glasses - Telescopic reading glasses provide lower magnification such as 2x magnification and can actually provide great assistance when using a computer. Basically, assistance with anything within arm's reach. It gives you telescopic magnification with the ability to see something further away. They are often used for reading at a larger, longer distance, but are also useful on computers. They offer binocularity and a wider field of view.

Schedule a low vision exam with our residency trained low vision optometrist in Los Angeles

Low-vision patients can greatly benefit from telescopes. Since there are several different types of telescopes, it is highly recommended that low vision patients schedule a low vision eye exam with our low vision optometrist before buying a telescope. Contact us at (562) 925-6591 to schedule a low vision consultation.
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Tints for Low Vision
In addition to finding the right prescription and magnification for someone with low vision, tints can also be important, mainly because they can help with comfort from glare and improved color contrast, and therefore improve their visual function. Despite their tint, glasses with tints can still look great.

Who is a good candidate for tints?

A variety of tints may be prescribed for a patient based on their disease, but also based on how they feel about it, since it is a very subjective process for each individual. Some of the common conditions where patients report a major benefit from tints include the following ocular diseases and conditions:
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Age-related macular degeneration 
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraine sufferers
  • Strokes 
  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
These eye conditions may cause patients to have difficulty with bright lights, driving at night, being outdoors in bright sunlight, reading a newspaper or using a computer or phone.

What are the different benefits of tints for low vision patients?

There are several tint options available. Several of these tints can be used indoors, some can be used outdoors, and some can be used both indoors and outdoors. It really depends on the task at hand, or the area that tends to have a lot of demand for it, and where they require a little more clarity. They increase contrast and limit the amount of light that comes in.  Orange or amber are common colors of tints that can be used for people with diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma. These patients need more help with contrast since their side vision is affected more, and it can overwhelm their system.  With tints, you can read in greater detail, especially when reading newspapers, since newsprint is really gray on gray, we think it's black and white, but it's recycled paper instead. Due to the printer running so fast, the print is not super dark, and bleed will occur on the back as well. This can improve contrast and make newsprint easier to read. Any smartphone or computer user, or even someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, is susceptible to overexposure to blue light, which can be harmful over time and even cause vision loss as we age. In addition to blocking blue light completely, yellow-tinted lenses or yellow sunglasses can distort other colors if worn continuously. Other tints can also be used to see comfortably and clearly outdoors besides brown and gray tints. People who suffer from headaches, which may or may not be related to their vision, may find pink or plum tints more comfortable. Just as patients may feel more comfortable with different lighting at home, they may also feel better with these tints. It is one of those things that you don't know until you try it and that gives you the opportunity to do so during the exam.

Schedule a low vision exam

Tints are available in a wide range of colors and intensities, depending on the individual's eye sensitivity. Our low vision optometrist can confirm which tint or tints would be best suited to your vision during an eye exam. Call (562) 925-6591 to schedule a low vision exam.
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Different types of lighting for low vision
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ_9oEVevNM Which lighting is best for people with impaired vision? Do some lamps have a better light than others? Ultimately, people should use whichever type of lighting suits them best. In this article, we discuss different lighting options for people with low vision so they can maximize their vision while reducing eye strain and discomfort.  

What does the temperature of the color indicate?

Color temperature is measured in Kelvins or K. It ranges from 2,700 Kelvins, which are warm, yellowish lights, to 6,500 Kelvins, which are cool or bluish lights. It is usually, but not always, recommended to have a Kelvin rating of below 5,000 for people with low vision.  

What color temperature is best for someone with vision loss? 

It is important to realize that we all respond differently to light, and a color that works well with one person may make it more difficult for others. There is no steadfast rule when it comes to the color temperature for lighting, the only rule is that a patient should use what they feel helps them the most. With that said many patients enjoy lighting with full color spectrum or the option to change the hue of the light.   

What are the different types of lighting for people with low vision?

There are several types of lighting available today with no compromises on style, décor, or functionality thanks to advancements in technological and interior design. Let's take a quick look at the most common types of light bulbs:

Incandescent light

This light source offers a bright, "warm white" glow (around 3200K), which enhances contrast. 

Halogen light 

There are some people who prefer halogen light because it is brighter, whiter, and more concentrated. It is used in lamps, track lighting, and ceiling fixtures, and it is also available in adjustable gooseneck and flex-arm lamps. It is not recommended for prolonged close work, since halogen light is hotter and more focused than other types of light.

Full Spectrum

This color spectrum is closest to real sunlight and provides the most vibrancy of colors. This is important because some lighting can overuse light from the blue spectrum and blue light can cause glare and there is some research suggesting that prolonged exposure to blue light may harm the retina. Full spectrum lighting is available in LED and Fluorescent bulbs.  

LEDs

LED lights today offer a number of great advantages since they are bright like incandescent lights, but are more energy-efficient. They have colder lights, which are more on the blue side and warmer lights, which are more on the yellow side, and it does make a difference. A lot of people have more comfort and clarity with LED lights. They also last much longer than other types of bulbs. Another benefit is that LED lights come in many different forms from overhead lighting to table top lamps. It is generally our recommendation that a low vision patient uses LED lighting that is full spectrum or has different color spectrums. Furthermore some patients will find it beneficial to have dimmable LED lighting so that they can increase the intensity when needed.   

Schedule a low vision exam

Dr. Wolff, our residency trained low vision optometrist, can provide you with information on the best lighting for your needs and where to purchase these lights. You can reach our staff by calling (562) 925-6591 to schedule a low vision evaluation.
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Congratulations to Dr. Eric Ikeda on being awarded the prestigious Skeffington Legacy Award
Dr. Eric Ikeda, FCOVD, DPNAP who is a neuro-optometrist at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach was recently awarded the 2022 Skeffington Legacy Award by Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF). The award was given to Dr. Ikeda's for his "leadership, insights, time and resources to guide us through key turning moments” His expertise has contributed greatly to the field of optometry over the years and he uses it to provide patients with the highest quality of eye care possible. The Skeffington Legacy Award is named after Dr. A.M. Skeffington, who is the founder of OEPF and is credited as the father of behavioral optometry.

Optometric Extension Program Foundation

Founded in 1928, the Optometric Extension Program Foundation is an international organization that gathers and disseminates information regarding vision and visual process for the advancement of optometry. Dr. Ikeda is Director Trustee at the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF). The OEPF is an optometric foundation that publishes specialized books and journals for the profession. The Foundation publishes Optometry & Visual Performance (OVP) quarterly. OVP is a free, international, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the advancement of the role of optometry in enhancing and rehabilitating visual performance.
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Developmental vision for the neurodiverse
Neurodiversity refers to the range of ways in which people experience the world, both at school and at work, as well as through their social relationships. An estimated 15-20% of the world's population exhibits some form of neurodivergence, likely as a result of genetics as well as environmental factors. The neurodiverse population begins as early as infancy, and can continue into adulthood for those who suffer strokes or head injuries. Many teenage athletes suffer concussions while playing sports. Adults are no different.

What vision problems does a neurodiverse child may experience?

In the event that children have difficulties with their natural development, we can anticipate visual problems which may include:  
  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Lazy eye
  • Eye turns or misaligned eyes
  • Depth perception
  • Coordination between both eyes
  • Focusing the eyes
  • Visual information processing

When should a neurodiverse child see a behavioral optometrist?

Children who are premature or who have developmental issues in their families should visit our behavioral optometrist. The AOA had established a wonderful program called InfantSEE, where a number of behavioral optometrists, developmental optometrists screened children under 12 months of age. That's brilliant, because that's where we begin to see how the brain develops.

Can behavioral optometrists help your neurodiverse child?

It is imperative that children see our behavioral optometrist at an early stage if they have cerebral palsy, down syndrome or have neuro-divergent development that may impact their vision. This will allow us to determine if there are possible or potential problems that could cause visual difficulties. The goal is to give these children as much opportunity as possible to develop normally so that they can have confidence or be able to use their visual system effectively. It is going to allow them to have an independent life and not struggle. Seeing a behavioral optometrist is very important since we can explore a wide range of vision-related topics, and we can help guide the treatment, whether we do it in our office or in conjunction with rehab facilities or with other professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech therapists. This can improve the quality of life.
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Can Vision Problems be Misdiagnosed as ADHD?
There is a risk of misdiagnosis since ADHD and certain vision problems share several symptoms. The symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and other similar developmental issues are more likely to be associated with struggles in the classroom, but vision problems can also cause them.  

How common are undiagnosed vision problems?

According to the American Optometric Association school vision screenings miss 75% of vision problems and there are at least 5 million children in the US with vision problems significant enough to impact learning. Some experts estimate that as many as 1 out of every 5 children have undiagnosed vision problems. This is cause for major concern as a child who is having difficulty reading or seeing the board will also have trouble sitting still or focusing in the classroom. 

What are the common symptoms of a vision problem and ADHD?

The following symptoms are common both in children with ADHD and those with vision problems:
  • Headaches
  • Acting out in class
  • Eye Strain
  • Difficulty Focusing
  • Fatigue
  • Short attention span
  • Covers one eye when reading
  • Refusing to do school work 

Can a vision issue be misdiagnosed as ADHD?

It is common for vision problems to coexist with ADHD, but the two do not appear to be related. Some children with excellent vision have ADHD, while others have learning difficulties purely due to vision issues. Likewise, a child can have an ADHD diagnosis and a vision issue at the same time. Children who suffer from convergence insufficiency may exhibit similar learning difficulties, leading to a false diagnosis of ADHD. This error is even more likely because ADHD is a more widely known disorder.

Can vision therapy help with ADHD/ADD?

With either a diagnosis of ADHD or a high functioning spectrum disorder, we find patients benefit from vision therapy because they have more confidence in what they're seeing and they are able to utilize the visual system more efficiently.  Vision therapy involves a series of exercises designed to improve and strengthen visual functions as well as retrain the brain to process visual input more accurately. The treatment is usually compared to physical therapy, but it improves vision and eye function. Vision therapy can include exercises for eye teaming, focusing, convergence, hand-eye coordination, visual perception and visual tracking. Most ADHD patients are dismissed as strong visually, thinking that they only require compensatory strategies, but this isn't the case. Their biggest problem is communication. Many of those who have difficulty communicating start to show behavioral issues. And behavioral issues tend to diminish more once the patient is understood and approached appropriately.  

Get a functional vision exam in Greater Long Beach

By having a functional vision exam, you can determine whether your child's ADHD symptoms are caused by an undiagnosed vision problem. Call (562) 925-6591 to schedule a functional vision assessment at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach.
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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.
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