When and How often should you or your child have a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

Published on
June 27, 2022

For kids or adults it is crucial to perform comprehensive eye exams in order to maintain ocular health and to recognize signs of developmental vision issues, eye injuries, allergies, infections, and neurological conditions. 

How frequently should eye examinations be scheduled?

Lets begin with a young child, they should undergo a basic screening as an infant. Dr. Ikeda recommends bringing your children in when you are comfortable. You can have a screening done by him and then he will go over different motor activities you can work on and suggest different types of toys. To preserve the safety of their children, he discusses things that parents need to be aware of. He gives them a lot of information as one parent to another to help them understand what is important for them for the child to develop normally. In his opinion, it is vital for him to see them early on. If there is no family history, or no issues to speak of, he usually tells them to have their child come back in about 24 months. He also prefers to see the child before they start kindergarten. Again, if he sees issues developing more due to the computers and devices, he tries to have them bring their children in more frequently like every 12 months. If there are no conditions, usually every 24 months. 

As a patient gets older Dr. Ikeda will recommend patients to come in more frequently, sometimes even a few times per year. This is due to various diseases that can start to appear among older populations.

What symptoms require immediate care?

Contact us immediately to schedule an emergency eye exam if you experience symptoms of eye injury, infection, allergies, visual-motor dysfunction, or neurological deficits. Emergency treatment may be necessary depending on the severity, call our office at (562) 925-6591 to find out the recommended next steps. Pay attention to any symptoms following a head injury or trauma. 

Among the warning signs are:

  • Double vision, loss of vision, or blurriness
  • Pain and discomfort of the orbital region
  • Swelling, redness, drainage, discharge, or crustiness
  • A feeling that something is lodged in the eye
  • Bulging eyes
  • Floaters
  • Difficulty with balance or nausea

Schedule an appointment at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach

Comprehensive eye exams, for any age, are essential for maintaining overall visual health. If you are uncertain about how often you should take your child in for an eye exam, you can call us at (562) 925-6591. Any questions you may have will be answered by our caring and knowledgeable 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.

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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