Before I had my glasses, I was unable to drive long distance on the highway. I would have what I thought were panic attacks. Fast heartbeat. I felt as if I was going to pass out and it was an overwhelming feeling. It created anxiety and it got to the point where I didn’t want to drive long distance. I couldn’t even go on the Parkway for one exit. It was debilitating and I felt that I became homebound. I wasn’t going out as much. I had anxiety walking into large crowded areas. I felt overwhelmed and I thought it was social anxiety. I was also very nauseous most of the time.
So, I thought I had different issues and I just thought the aging process was getting to me at a very young age. It was sad, I was in a sad place. I’ve been going to doctors trying to find out what my issues were and I wasn’t getting really any kind of an answer.
The driving became so bad and my daughter had to switch swim teams. She’s a competitive swimmer and she has to switch teams where I would have to drive out about 45 minutes each day, each way, and that made me want to get an answer quicker. So, I went to a neurologist and they said that my brain was lovely there was no problem and the neurologist actually sent me to an ENT. The ENT checked out my eyes and my ears and he said that I had an ocular vestibular issue. He sent me to a Dr. Pensavalle who is a balance therapy doctor. He actually brought me here to Dr. Cheryl Berger-Israeloff and I found my answer.
It was immediate. As soon as I got my glasses, I feel as if the first set that I got fixed my vision and my symptoms of the driving. I was able to drive, no issue the first time I wore them. And now I’m here for my second set of glasses and it’s been maybe two months later and I’m hoping that’s it’s going to be close to 100%. I’m really no longer symptomatic with the driving, unable to drive, no issues again in the evening. That’s when it was happening was at night mostly. And I don’t have the nausea anymore. I’m not walking into people or things on a diagonal anymore. I’m able to wear my heels again and feel comfortable that I’m not going to fall over. I’m not dizzy, the vertigo is gone and I just have a better quality of life and I feel good.