What is a Low Vision Optometrist

Low vision eye doctors are experts in conducting low vision examinations and in formulating plans to maximize remaining vision. By prescribing interventions such as the use of special visual aids, assistive devices, and vision rehabilitation therapy, patients can resume many of their activities and continue to enjoy a high quality of life. In addition to optometric knowledge, they have a unique understanding of lenses, specialty glasses, and other optical tools used for visual impairments. Finally, they are well equipped to address the emotional challenges patients face from visual impairment


Low vision patients are sometimes told by eye doctors that there is nothing that can be done to help them. With proper treatment many patients are able to partake in activities that they never thought they would be capable of doing again. With proper treatment, they are able to enjoy a higher quality of life.

Causes of Low Vision

The challenge with this condition is that patients are unable to recover their lost eyesight, and the standard interventions don’t work for them. Treatment utilizes a host of aids and devices to maximize remaining eyesight, as well as comprehensive rehabilitation therapy which instructs the person in strategies for using their eyesight most effectively. 

There are many types of eye disease and medical conditions that cause this condition. They include the following:

  • Diabetic retinopathy: These are diabetic-induced eye disorders that affect the retina and eyesight.
  • Glaucoma: This condition (common with diabetes) occurs from fluid build-up which damages the eyes. Left undetected or untreated, it can lead to blindness. Early detection and intervention are critical to prevent it from progressing.
  • Cataracts: A condition involving cloudiness of the lens. Can be corrected surgically.
  • Retinitis pigmentosa: A series of genetic eye disorders affecting eyesight
  • Age-related macular degeneration: This ocular condition involves damage to the retina's macula. Macular degeneration is more common among the elderly.
  • Injury to the optic nerve: A traumatic injury can sometimes lead to visual deficiency.
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What Can A Low Vision Eye Doctor Do for Me?

A low vision optometrist is trained to perform an eye evaluation to detect the condition, and to diagnose and treat it with various aids and interventions, which enable the person to utilize their remaining eyesight most effectively. This includes the use of rehabilitation therapy to learn how to maximize remaining eyesight

  • Prismatic glasses: These are sometimes referred to as high-powered reading glasses. 
  • Microscopic glasses: These are good for up-close work or reading.
  • Bioptic telescopes: Worn like spectacles, they improve the ability to see at a distance, and in certain U.S. states people are able to continue to legally drive a vehicle.
  • Magnifiers: These range from standard hand-held versions to more powerful ones with fixed stands.

CCTV: An electronic magnification device that projects images onto a monitor for enhanced magnification levels.

Consulting A Low Vision Optometrist

Low vision optometrists have specialized knowledge and experience in conducting eye examinations, treating people with this condition, and in managing concerns and uncertainties about their condition. Their expertise in aids and other interventions  such as specialty glasses, magnifiers, telescopic devices, and rehabilitation therapy is crucial for helping patients learn to use their remaining eyesight most effectively. 

A primary function of a low vision optometrist is to help people resume a normal life where they can perform everyday tasks.  If you or someone you know has the condition, contact our low vision optometrist to find out more.

Consulting A Low Vision Optometrist
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What is a Low Vision Optometrist

Low vision eye doctors are experts in conducting low vision examinations and in formulating plans to maximize remaining vision. 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.


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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