Lori Nishida-Eugenio, OD, FCOVD -  - Optometrist

Burbank Optometric Center, Inc.

Lori Nishida-Eugenio, OD, FCOVD

Optometrist located in Burbank, CA

Special Needs Patient Exams Specialist

At the Burbank Optometric Center. Dr. Nishida offers special needs patient exams for adult and pediatric patients with developmental issues and other special needs, providing patients throughout the Burbank, CA, area with the specialized care and treatment they need for an array of vision issues.

Special Needs Patient Exams Q&A

by Lori Nishida-Eugenio, OD, FCOVD

What is a special needs patient eye exam?

A special needs patient eye exam is an evaluation of vision and eye health that is modified for the needs of patients with all sorts of special needs, including developmental and physical needs and disabilities. Modifications can help patients participate more fully in their exams or they can be tailored to enable the doctor to perform the examination in a manner that's most comfortable for the patient's physical and emotional needs.

Who can benefit from a special needs eye exam?

Any person -adult or child – with special needs, including learning and developmental delays or other special needs, can benefit from an eye exam tailored to their needs, including people with:

  • cerebral palsy

  • autism spectrum disorder

  • developmental dyspraxia (a type of coordination disorder)

  • Down syndrome

  • chromosomal abnormalities

  • genetic abnormalities

  • neuromuscular disorders

  • “shaken baby” syndrome

How is a special needs patient eye exam different from a regular eye exam?

A special needs patient eye exam is tailored to the specific needs of the patient to ensure the patient is comfortable and is being tested with the most effective and appropriate methods and approaches for the most accurate results. Exams may be conducted using special equipment or methods that can be modified on a case-by-case basis. For instance, accommodations can be made for patients who may find it difficult to sit through and exam and actively participate, or for those who may be unable to provide responses to questions asked during the exam. In addition to requiring special accommodations during exams, special needs patients also often have vision problems associated with their condition that require special techniques to monitor and treat, including issues affecting focusing, eye movement, visual perception and eye teaming.


The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses. A vision insurance policy is not the same as health insurance. Regular health insurance plans protect you against financial losses due to unexpected eye injuries or disease. Vision insurance, on the other hand, is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost.

Because we provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs. Here are just some of the plans that we accept:

In-Network Medical Plans: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare.

Vision Plans we accept: Vision Service Plan (VSP) and EyeMed


Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "I have to say, I had a great experience here. Service was very prompt. The doctor was patient, thorough, knowledgeable and friendly. Good people here!"

    Andrew W.
  • Yelp

    "I love this place. I've been coming here for years. I would recommend Dr. Nishida to any of my friends."

    Mel H.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Nishida and her staff are not only professional but caring, knowledgeable and attentive. I highly recommend them. I also received a follow up call from the doctor."

    Dawn R.
Burbank Optometric Center, Inc.
1032 North Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: 818-296-0898
Fax: 818-846-3204
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