Prism lenses are specialized lenses, and while they can be prescribed by any optometrist using any lab, the key to effective treatment with prism lenses is how it's being prescribed.
At our neuro optometric eye care clinic, we specialize in prescribing advanced prism designs for patients who have experienced a head injury, stroke, or have other conditions that will benefit from these specialty lenses. Under the leadership of Dr. Eric Ikeda, FCOVD, DPNAP, a recipient of the Skeffington Prize and former president of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, we are referred patients from many of the leading rehabilitation centers in the Los Angeles area. Patients with functional vision issues following a head injury or stroke visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of neuro optometric rehabilitation services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.
Dr. Ikeda was recognized as “Physician of the Year” by the Rehabilitation Nurses Society in 2012 and currently serves as program director for the Neuro Optometry Clinic at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in Pomona. He provides clinical staff services at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (Downey). Dr. Ikeda was appointed to the American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Committee and to the TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Task Force.
When you are prescribed prism lenses at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach, you are working with a team that has years of leadership experience in the field of prism lenses for even the most complicated cases.
There are cases where Dr. Ikeda sees patients who have poorly organized spatial concepts, they tend to hug the wall, when they're walking, they have a shifting posture, and ambulation, they feel very unsteady. And so when we present them, we do a prism test, we try different prisms again, we determine what direction we're going to place the base of the prism. And oftentimes it immediately has a very profound effect. Prescribing the prism is the first step of helping the patient, the second step is to make sure the patient is able to integrate the change in space, because they have adapted to their visual deficits by adapting their posture, which now needs to be corrected. And so our job is to get them working with our neuro optometric vision therapist while using the prism. So it's done safely and the changes get integrated into the motor system. Once the patient works with the therapist to adapt, they start to improve or work on their spatial map, we are creating a neurological change in how they perceive the space around them.
Prism lenses are prescribed for patients with many different visual conditions or who have symptoms that include: