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Get the best settlements and care for their clients after traumatic brain injuries

According to the Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association, 90% of traumatic brain injury cases lead to visual dysfunction. Dr. Eric Ikeda FCOVD DPNAP, provides the most comprehensive evaluation and documentation to ensure that the full scope of injuries are identified and compensated for. As the leading neuro optometric rehabilitation provider in Southern California, we have the experience to have your case move forward by liaising with the attorney and generating the reports to connect visual permanent disability with the injury .

In a 2020 verdict, Dr. Ikeda’s testimony for the plaintiff contributed to a $4 million dollar bench verdict for a rear ender that resulted in a mild traumatic brain injury that led to vestibular problems, dizziness, headaches, balance issues, vertigo and chronic neck pain.

Who is seen by a neuro-optometrist?

Following a concussion or traumatic brain injury, a regular eye exam often doesn’t reveal the extent that the visual process is affected. Studies show that at least 50 percent of traumatic brain injury patients suffer from visual dysfunctions, with one such study finding a 90 percent incidence of post-trauma visual complications, such as blurred vision, sensitivity to light, reading difficulty, dizziness/vertigo, headaches/migraines, and difficulties with eye movements and tracking.

Neuro-optometric therapy is a process for the rehabilitation of visual / perceptual / motor disorders. It includes, but is not limited to, acquired strabismus, diplopia, binocular dysfunction, convergence and/or accommodation paresis/paralysis, oculomotor dysfunction, visual-spatial dysfunction, visual perceptual and cognitive deficits, and traumatic visual acuity loss.

Why do attorneys work with neuro-optometrists?

A neuro-optometrist has experience in many areas that a general optometrist does not, including: 
  • Understanding the basics of the United States Legal System.
  • Understanding the claims processes for injury claims with health insurers’ and automobile PIP Medical insurers'.
  • Providing documentation to satisfy the claims processes for first party insurers and third party claims.
  • Experience serving as professional (forensic) experts.
  • Experience with subpoenas for medical records, depositions, consultations with the patient’s attorney, testimony preparation, and actual mediation/arbitration/trial testimony.

The responsibilities of a Neuro-Optometrist for Litigation and Workers Compensation

  • The diagnosis of the functional/structural visual system and treatment recommendations and regimens.
  • Family communication, inter-professional and intra-professional coordination, and assisting the patient’s attorney in claims procedures and with possible litigation.
  • Coordinating with the nurse case manager [NCM] or directly to the adjuster/patient.
  • Speaking directly with paralegal, plaintiff/defendant attorney to schedule patient’s examination, deposition and or trial/testimony.
  • Prescribing and carefully monitoring and documenting treatment.
  • Rendering professional opinions and a forensic report written with an emphasis on lay readability and relating the patient’s visual symptoms and visually-based difficulties to the optometric diagnoses and the expected outcomes of the proposed treatment option(s).
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About Dr. Eric Ikeda, F.C.O.V.D., DPNAP

Dr. Ikeda has served in senior leadership roles in all three of the groups that provide much of the underlying scientific and clinical expertise in the field of neuro-optometry, including:
Past-President of Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF).
Past-President of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.
Appointed to the American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Committee and to the Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force.
Dr. Ikeda’s clinical experience includes:
Neuro-Optometrist at Amplify EyeCare Of Greater Long Beach.
Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).
Clinical Associate Professor of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry.
Charter Program Director for the Neuro Optometry Clinic at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation (Pomona).
Provides clinical staff services at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (Downey); NeuroRestorative rehabilitation centers (Artesia, Garden Grove, La Habra, San Dimas).

Testimonials


  • 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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