Vision is closely connected to many of the body’s other systems. When your eyes aren’t functioning correctly, this can have a profound effect on the rest of your body. Anxiety, depression and a variety of physical symptoms such as migraines and dizziness can all be indicators that something isn’t right with your visual system, and are often the result of a binocular vision dysfunction. Symptoms such as these can greatly reduce the quality of life of those who suffer from them, as was the case for A.S., one of Dr. Cheryl’s patients:
Living Life Off-Balance
“Prior to being treated by Dr. Cheryl, I constantly felt off balance. I had suffered from frequent migraines since I was 12 years old. I often suffered from neck/back pain, and always felt like I was straining my neck and/or tilting my head to focus on the computer. My family had always noticed that I walked a bit sideways as well, but they attributed that to me being ‘clumsy.’ I had awful anxiety about walking down flights of stairs or through the mall, as I always had this irrational fear of falling. I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and depression, as I would tend to avoid social situations where I felt uncomfortable or not in control.”
How One Eye Exam Changed Everything
“At my annual eye exam, Dr. Cheryl asked how my migraines had been. I casually mentioned that I was having dizzy spells and felt off-balance. As Dr. Cheryl went through a series of questions, it seemed like she was reading off a script of my symptoms. She started to explain binocular vision dysfunction and asked if I would consider a neurovisual test that may be able to determine if I was a candidate for the type of treatment she was involved in. I was skeptical, but desperate.”
“The tests administered by Dr. Cheryl produced black and white, concrete results. I was blown away by how clear it was that this ‘visual vertigo’ I was experiencing was not only completely legitimate, but treatable. My skepticism disappeared immediately when Dr. Cheryl had me wear a trial pair of glasses with prisms in them. I felt taller, grounded and completely in control.”
A New Lease on Life
“My glasses have made a tremendous difference in my everyday life. I feel balanced and aware of my surroundings. I no longer catch myself tilting my head while reading through pages of documents on my computer, or tilting my head to get a better view of the TV. It is more than a change in my prescription or a ‘clearer view,’ it is an entire perspective change. I have not had a single migraine in 6 months–I am still in shock when I say those words. My dizzy spells have subsided, as well. When I am not wearing my glasses, which is rare, I can immediately feel the difference in my equilibrium. I would never have guessed that all of these symptoms and subsequent issues were vision related. Dr. Cheryl was 100% supportive and genuinely concerned about my comfort and progress throughout this whole journey.”
Could a Neurovisual Exam Change Your Life?
Any patient who has worked with Dr. Cheryl or Dr. Marissa will tell you without hesitation that they are two of the most passionate, dedicated doctors in their field. The amount of time and energy they invest into their work and their patients is a clear indicator of how much they care.