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How Dr. Ikeda works with workers compensation & Litigation

Published on
March 10, 2022

At Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach we are one of the few practices in the greater Los Angeles area that specializes in neuro optometric rehabilitation. Neuro optometric rehabilitation extends beyond traditional eyecare that is focused on the eye health and the prescription that a patient needs, and focuses on the vision deficits experienced from a traumatic brain injury. Some studies show that as many as 90% of people with a traumatic brain injury will experience visual dysfunction. 

Typically people who experience visual deficits following a traumatic event will experience symptoms that are a result of a disruption to the communication between the brain and the eyes or a disruption of the brain's processing of visual information, this condition is called Post Traumatic Vision Syndrome. Symptoms can be experienced immediately following the traumatic brain injury, however in some cases these symptoms take months or even years to manifest fully. 

 

What Symptoms Should A Nurse Case Manager or Attorney Look Out For? 

Typically patients will experience one or more of the following symptoms: 

  • blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Sensitivity to light or glare
  • Reading difficulty
  • Dizziness/vertigo
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Difficulties with eye movements and tracking

 

What are the benefits of working with a neuro optometrist with experience in workers compensation and litigation? 

The most important reason why a nurse case manager, attorney, or adjustor will choose to work with our practice is the experience in diagnosing and treating patients with post traumatic vision syndrome. However there are also other reasons why our office is referred to over a traditional optometrist or ophthalmologist.

To successfully work with these patients requires a deeper understanding of the claims process for injury claims with health insurers’ and automobile PIP Medical insurers. A neuro optometrist will need to provide more thorough documentation to satisfy the claims processes for first party insurers and third party claims.

When working with litigation it is important to choose a neuro optometrist that has experience with subpoenas for medical records, depositions, consultations with the patient’s attorney, testimony preparation, and actual mediation/arbitration/trial testimony.

What is workers compensation?

Employees who become ill or injured on the job receive workers' compensation benefits for their medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs.

What is the process for workers compensation and litigation at your office? 

To learn more about our process please reach out to our office and we will be happy to send you information and discuss how our office works with nurse case managers, adjusters, and personal injury lawyers to provide their clients with the best care possible. You can learn more about our program by visiting this page, https://amplifyeyecarelongbeach.com/workers-comp-litigation/

What is Dr. Ikeda’s clinical experience with workers compensation and litigation? 

Dr. Ikeda is the senior Neuro-Optometrist at Amplify EyeCare Of Greater Long Beach and is an internationally recognized leader in the field of neuro optometry. He has served in senior leadership positions in all three of the groups that provide much of the underlying scientific and clinical expertise in the field of neuro-optometry, including the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF), the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), and the American Optometric Association (AOA) Vision Rehabilitation Committee and Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force.

Dr. Ikeda is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and provides neuro optometric care and training through his work as: 

  • 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).

 

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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