The Low Vision Optometrist As a Source For Low Vision Resources

Published on
March 23, 2022

There are a lot of resources available for those with low vision, and as a low vision optometrist my role is directing the patient and their family to all the relevant resources available. The government offers a lot of programs that most people aren't even aware of. In the state of California, the rehabilitation department can help people who are interested in a certain career. Maybe they are having trouble getting a degree because of their vision problems; maybe because of their vision issues, they can't learn as well. If they are allowed, they can go through the department of rehabilitation and get any devices that will help them, such as a CCTV camera or a video camera so that they can see the teacher better. As part of the rehabilitation process, they can use magnifiers, computer programmes, anything that enhances their education, as the department of rehabilitation wants them to be able to be successful in what they want to do and be part of the workforce even in a modified capacity.


What is the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)?

In partnership with consumers and other stakeholders, the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) provides employment programs, independent living opportunities, and equal rights for individuals with disabilities.

In the United States, DOR is the largest provider of vocational rehabilitation and independent living services. Incorporating vocational rehabilitation services into an integrated work environment is imperative for helping job seekers with disabilities attain competitive employment. Peer support, skill development, systems advocacy, referrals, assistive technology, transition services, housing assistance, and personal assistance are all possible parts of independent living services.


The Importance of a Low Vision Exam

When someone has permanent vision loss it is crucial to spend time understanding the condition, how it impacts their life, and the solutions available to help them. Each caregiver plays a unique role in the rehabilitation process of a patient with low vision. A low vision optometrist's aim is to direct the patient and enable them to achieve the maximum with their remaining vision. Our low vision clinic in Bellflower (near Lakeland and Long Beach) is a vital part of your care team. 


  • 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.



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