Who needs Low Vision Care?

Published on
July 15, 2022

Approximately 12 million people 40 years and over in the United States have vision impairment. Anyone can become affected by low vision because it occurs due to a variety of medical conditions and injuries. Discover who should visit a low vision optometrist in this blog.

What is low vision?

It is a problem that affects the daily activities of both adults and children; people with low vision may find it hard to read newspapers, watch television, drive, use the phone, and perform other daily activities. 

What are the primary symptoms of low vision?

Both adults and children can suffer from low vision. This condition is more common in older people. For example, 40% or more of low vision is caused by Age Related Macular Degeneration 

The following symptoms are often reported by people with visual impairment:

  • Difficulty seeing details
  • Blurred or hazy vision
  • Tunnel vision
  • Poor depth perception 
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Body posture problems
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue when reading
  • Change to decreased ability to read, use a computer etc. 
  • Double vision

Who should see a low vision optometrist?

Patients who would need to see a low vision optometrist are generally those who have trouble seeing things visually with their glasses or contact lenses. If they need more than just a prescription change to allow them to read what they need to see, then a low vision optometrist can help them meet their goals. It can sometimes be as simple as changing the type of glass or the type of glasses, or it may be more advanced, such as magnifiers or phone applications or even installing different programs on their computer. A low vision optometrist will guide the patient and their loved ones through understanding their visual condition and the options available to improve their remaining vision. 

Schedule an eye exam at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach, Los Angeles's Premier Low Vision Clinic

A visit to our low vision optometrist is strongly recommended if you experience vision loss that interferes with your daily life. You will receive an assessment of your remaining vision as well as guidance on the best type of low vision glasses or optics will help the patient acheive their visual goals. In addition to eye glasses with magnification and improved contrast, our low vision optometrist will discuss how other visual aid devices may be used to enable you to perform tasks that have become difficult. To schedule a low vision exam, call us at (562) 925-6591 or fill out our contact form Book an Appointment .


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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