We Help Personal Injury Lawyers & Nurse Case Managers

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).
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