How Dr. Ikeda works with workers compensation & Litigation

Published on
July 24, 2023

At Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach we are one of the few practices in the greater Los Angeles area that specializes in neuro optometric rehabilitation. Neuro optometric rehabilitation extends beyond traditional eyecare that is focused on the eye health and the prescription that a patient needs, and focuses on the vision deficits experienced from a traumatic brain injury. Some studies show that as many as 90% of people with a traumatic brain injury will experience visual dysfunction.

Typically people who experience visual deficits following a traumatic event will experience symptoms that are a result of a disruption to the communication between the brain and the eyes or a disruption of the brain's processing of visual information, this condition is called Post Traumatic Vision Syndrome. Symptoms can be experienced immediately following the traumatic brain injury, however in some cases these symptoms take months or even years to manifest fully.

What Symptoms Should A Nurse Case Manager or Attorney Look Out For?

Typically patients will experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Sensitivity to light or glare
  • Reading difficulty
  • Dizziness/vertigo
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Difficulties with eye movements and tracking

What are the benefits of working with a neuro optometrist with experience in workers compensation and litigation?

The most important reason why a nurse case manager, attorney, or adjustor will choose to work with our practice is the experience in diagnosing and treating patients with post traumatic vision syndrome. However there are also other reasons why our office is referred to over a traditional optometrist or ophthalmologist.

To successfully work with these patients requires a deeper understanding of the claims process for injury claims with health insurers’ and automobile PIP Medical insurers. A neuro optometrist will need to provide more thorough documentation to satisfy the claims processes for first party insurers and third party claims.

When working with litigation it is important to choose a neuro optometrist that has experience with subpoenas for medical records, depositions, consultations with the patient’s attorney, testimony preparation, and actual mediation/arbitration/trial testimony.

What is workers compensation?

Employees who become ill or injured on the job receive workers' compensation benefits for their medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs.

What is the process for workers compensation and litigation at your office?

To learn more about our process please reach out to our office and we will be happy to send you information and discuss how our office works with nurse case managers, adjusters, and personal injury lawyers to provide their clients with the best care possible. You can learn more about our program by visiting our website.

What is Dr. Ikeda’s clinical experience with workers compensation and litigation?

Dr. Ikeda is the senior Neuro-Optometrist at Amplify EyeCare Of Greater Long Beach and is an internationally recognized leader in the field of neuro optometry. He has served in senior leadership positions in all three of the groups that provide much of the underlying scientific and clinical expertise in the field of neuro-optometry, including the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF), the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), and the American Optometric Association (AOA) Vision Rehabilitation Committee and Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force.

Dr. Ikeda is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and provides neuro optometric care and training through his work as:

  • 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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