Did You Know That Vision Therapy Can Help Treat Neurological Conditions?

Depending on the type of complication, standard glasses may be an effective intervention for correcting visual deficits resulting from acute or traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders and complications. If glasses are unable to correct the problem, vision therapy may be necessary to learn and refine visual-motor skills, and to improve daily living.

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What Is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is like “physical therapy”, but rather than treating the body's muscles, it works on strengthening the eyes and ocular system. It is an excellent rehabilitative tool that has not only improved our patients’ visual skills but has also improved their emotional wellbeing. By enabling them to regain their independence and engage in daily activities, they become more confident. Such therapy is beneficial for children and adults. In the case of children, it can treat problems related to learning disabilities for improved academic performance.

Common Symptoms That May Require Rehabilitation

Symptoms that may be indicative of visual-motor difficulties related to neurological complications include:
  • Ocular movement abnormality
  • Difficulty with visual perception
  • Trouble with peripheral or central vision
  • Headaches/eye strain
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Removal of a foreign object
Contact a vision therapy specialist if you experience any of these symptoms. If symptoms worsen or persist, particularly in the aftermath of a head injury, seek medical attention right away.
Common Symptoms That May Require Rehabilitation
What Can Vision Therapy Accomplish?

What Can Vision Therapy Accomplish?

Vision Therapy (also known as “vision training”) is used to improve motor-vision skills for efficient inputting and processing of sensory data, refining tracking and eye movement, and improving the ability of the eyes to work together ("eye teaming"). Such therapy involves a series of exercises formulated under the professional guidance of an optometrist, that can be utilized in home and office settings.

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What Is The First Step?

The first step requires a comprehensive ocular examination to determine if therapy is the best option. If it is deemed necessary, the doctor will prescribe an individualized therapy program to train the eyes to work together, to track and perceive sensory data, and to properly utilize focusing skills. Strengthening basic motor-visual skills improves vision, allowing people with neurological complications to enjoy many activities such as reading, writing, playing games, and recognizing the faces of friends and family.

If you or someone you know is struggling with motor-visual skills, or if you suspect that you may be having such difficulty, contact us at (562) 925-6591 to schedule a comprehensive evaluation to determine if vision therapy is an option.


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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