Caralee’s concussion recovery

To you,

Thank you for reading my story as part of your research into vision therapy. I hope it helps.

I was a 35 year old woman with a management career and a life. I came to McCrodan Vision

Development after I got a concussion from blacking out in my shower. I had never had a

concussion before ­ I felt confused, foggy headed, forgetful, incredibly tired, couldn’t concentrate

on the simplest tasks, had headaches every day, and basically stayed in bed most of the time. I

lived in ‘sick mode’ and couldn’t see my way out. When I tried to go out and be social like a

normal person, I got anxious and overwhelmed, and wore myself out so fast. It was scary,

frustrating, and depressing.

I was lucky enough to get referred to Bernard Tonks, Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation

Specialist and Physiotherapist. He worked with me through my non­visual concussion

symptoms, and helped me to understand what was going on with me in a kind, patient way. He

drove my healing, and referred me to Dr. McCrodan to heal my vision related concussion

symptoms.

Dr. McCrodan diagnosed me with three different conditions during my first visit with him,

prescribed me some glasses with prisms, and recommended vision therapy to me. Within a few

days of wearing my new glasses, I felt that I was finally coming out of my fog. I wanted to get

out of bed and do things! I had been skeptical of vision therapy when I first heard of it, but I

decided to go for it. If the glasses helped that much, I figured he knew what he was talking

about.

I started vision therapy in January 2016. The therapy sessions were tough and the homework

was challenging ­ it was a big commitment. Everyone at McCrodan Vision Development was

friendly, kind, and supportive. They all took extra care with each patient they saw. I was

matched with an awesome therapist who was instrumental in my success through the program.

I recently graduated from vision therapy, and it has changed my life! No more headaches, no

more foggy headedness, very little confusion, less anxiety. I can go out again and join the world.

I am looking forward to working again after being off for a long time.

Bernard and Dr. McCrodan and his team guided me out of a dark and scary time in my life. I am

not the same person as I was before I fell, but I am a better version of myself. I now refer to

Bernard and Dr. MCCrodan as my dream team.

So that’s my story! If you have any questions or want to talk to me about my experience, I

would be happy to help. Peggy and the gals know where to find me.

Thank you again for reading my story, and best of luck to you!

Caralee