Strokes and Eye Care

Published on
March 13, 2023

Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach in Bellflower is committed to educating people about eye care and its correlation to overall health. In this blog, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, and risk factors of strokes, along with the role of our optometrist in stroke rehabilitation.

The Role of an Optometrist in Stroke Rehabilitation

Optometrists or eye doctors play a vital role in the rehabilitation of stroke patients. A stroke can cause a range of vision problems such as loss of peripheral vision, double vision, and difficulty with eye movements. These visual impairments can have a significant impact on the quality of life of the patient and hinder their ability to perform daily activities.

Our optometrist’s role in stroke rehabilitation is to evaluate and manage strategies for those who have suffered a stroke. We work with a team of rehabilitation professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists, to provide comprehensive care to the patient. They work together to develop a customized rehabilitation plan that addresses the patient's visual needs.

We evaluate the patient's visual acuity, eye movements, and visual fields to determine the extent of visual deficits. Based on the evaluation, they prescribe visual aids such as glasses or contact lenses and recommend exercises to improve visual function. These exercises may include eye tracking, convergence exercises, and visual scanning.

Moreover, we also address the patient's ability to perform daily activities such as reading, driving, and cooking. We provide training and rehabilitation exercises to help patients with these activities. This includes teaching the patient how to use compensatory techniques to adapt to their visual deficits.

How Can a Stroke Affect Your Vision?

A stroke can affect vision in a number of ways, depending on the location and severity of the damage in the brain. Some of the most common visual problems that occur after a stroke include:

  • Visual field loss - A stroke can cause partial or complete loss of vision in one or both eyes. This is known as a visual field defect, and can affect the central or peripheral areas of vision.
  • Double vision - Stroke can cause the muscles that control eye movement to become weak or paralyzed, leading to double vision (also called diplopia).
  • Reduced visual acuity - A stroke can cause a reduction in sharpness and clarity of vision. This may be temporary or permanent.
  • Visual hallucinations - Some stroke survivors may experience visual hallucinations, seeing things that aren't really there.
  • Difficulty with eye movements - Strokes can affect the ability to move the eyes in a coordinated manner, making it difficult to track moving objects or read.
  • Sensitivity to light - Some people may become more sensitive to light after a stroke, which can cause discomfort and difficulty seeing in bright environments.
  • Visual perceptual problems - Strokes can also cause problems with visual perception, making it difficult to recognize faces or objects, judge distances, or perceive movement.

What is a Stroke?

Cerebrovascular accidents or strokes are a cardiovascular disease that affects the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain. When these blood vessels burst or become clogged, the brain does not receive the necessary oxygen and nutrients. This can result in damage to the brain cells or even death.

Symptoms of a Stroke

It is important to recognize the symptoms of strokes to receive timely medical attention. Some common symptoms of strokes include:

  • Speech difficulty
  • Numbness or tingling sensation on one side of the face or body
  • Difficulty with memory
  • Feeling out of balance or having an imbalance
  • Severe headaches
  • Eye disturbances such as loss of peripheral vision

Risk Factors of a Stroke

Certain risk factors increase the chances of experiencing a stroke. These include:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Strokes appear to be more common in females and also within certain ethnic groups such as blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians.

What to Do if You Experience Symptoms of a Stroke

If you experience any symptoms of a stroke, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Call 911 or go to the emergency room to be seen by a physician for evaluation and treatment. Following a stroke it is important to see an optometrist that has experience with vision problems that arise from strokes, also known as neuro optometrists. If you live near Bellflower in the communities of Paramount, Norwalk, Cerritos, Lakewood, Downey, Signal Hill, Cypress, or Los Alamitos we welcome you to schedule an appointment with our neuro optometrists. If you live further away you can search on google for “neuro optometrist near me” or “eye doctor for stroke near me”. 

Act Now to Improve Your Vision After a Stroke - Schedule a Functional Eye Exam with Our Neuro Optometrist Today!

At Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach, we are committed to providing quality eye care services and education to our patients. If you or someone you know has experienced a stroke, it is important to schedule a functional vision evaluation with a neuro optometrist. Contact us to schedule an appointment with our neuro optometrist to discuss any vision issues related to the stroke and learn more about the rehabilitation process. Remember, early detection and timely treatment can save lives. To schedule an evaluation, please call us at (562) 925-6591.

Patients with functional vision issues following a head injury or stroke visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of neuro optometric rehabilitation 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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