Vision therapy and Ergoptics combat concussion balance problems

At 35, Caralee suffered a concussion that threw her life and career into a spiral. Vision therapy brought life back into focus.

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. 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.

 

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