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An Emergent & Convergent 21st Century Science
The Mind-Eye Institute is an optometry practice with an emphasis on neuro-optometric rehabilitation that provides world-class care by measuring the eye as well as how the brain processes its visual inputs. Each person’s unique reactions and responses to lens changes are measured with state-of-the-art therapeutic lenses. Through groundbreaking research and innovative treatments, Dr. Zelinsky and her team have been creating life-changing experiences for nearly 30 years
Clinics of Excellence
At the Mind-Eye Institute, we are committed to treating the whole patient, not just their eyes. We’re building a sustainable community of care and services for those in need of recovery from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), Post-Concussive Syndrome, challenges related to Autism, as well as learning and developmental challenges. Clinics of Excellence will train new doctors across the country and around the world to facilitate fast access to the Mind-Eye Institute’s proprietary insights and technology.
Education & Technology
The Mind-Eye Academy & Campus (our visual rehabilitation center) complements the benefits of our prescriptive lenses by assisting with enhanced recovery speed and proactive discovery of the fastest, easiest ways to maximize your visual performance. The Mind-Eye Technology Center strategically applies new technologies to the creation of helpful products to benefit people of all ages, whether they have a brain injury, are misaligned, or simply wish to work or play more efficiently.
Research & Development
The Mind-Eye Research Division focuses on mining the secrets of retinal, electrical and biochemical connections and how they affect cardiac, endocrine, neurological and other systems. Dr. Zelinsky’s leadership and collaboration with other patent holders and world-renowned researchers ensures enhanced care for our patients–first through appropriate beta testing, and then through the introduction of world-premier scientific discoveries.
Debbie Zelinsky saved my life. This is not hyperbole. If you or your child has always been slightly “off,” struggling with an invisible illness that others dismiss, don’t walk— run— to the Mind-Eye Institute.
We love Dr Z and the staff at Mind Eye Connection! My daughter started seeing Dr Z in 2nd grade and was diagnosed with a learning disability and given and IEP. She is now in 8th grade, with a 4.0 GPS and no longer needs her IEP! Dr Z was a game changer for us! We can’t thank you enough!
Dr. Zelinsky, thank you for resolving my vision issues that I sustained as a result of my TBI. You confirmed my symptoms and gave me the confidence that I would heal. You predicted I'd be better in 6 months and you were right on, I continue to improve everyday thanks to you.
Doctor Z has saved my life multiple times. She cured me of my post concussive symptoms. I rate the mind eye connection 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone.
Dr. Zelinski is an amazing professional and has really helped me in my healing process after a traumatic brain injury. I high recommend her services. Great customer care and follow-up! I have felt great improvement and I am very thankful.
Life changing improvement for my husband five years post acquired brain injury. Even the Mayo Clinic had told us there was nothing more they could do. Dr. Zelinsky is astounding in her ability to retrain the brain.
The Doctor is off the charts brilliant. When my kids were having challenges in reading and school work . She understands how the brain works and the connection of the visual connections like no other. Amazing results!
Dr. Zelinsky is a miracle-worker. If other doctors have no idea how to cure you, tell you you're 100% healthy when you know you're not, and/or look at you like your crazy, go see Dr. Zelinsky
The progress we are seeing with our kiddo now that he has started seeing Dr Zelinsky is tremendous!
A Mind•Eye Story
“Dr. Zelinsky was a life saver for my daughter.”
Mind•Eye Media: ‘It’s Not Work When You Love What You Do’ 100-Year-Old Optometrist Still Sees Patients; Earns National AwardHe may have turned 100 years old earlier this year, but optometrist Daniel Nast Jr., O.D., of the Mind-Eye Institute in Northbrook, Ill.,...
Mind•Eye Media: Way in Which Light Activates Retina Can Affect Heart Health Mind-Eye Institute Optometrist Addresses Cardiologists in AmsterdamHow light activates the retina can affect metabolism and the cardiovascular system, says Deborah Zelinsky O.D., a...
Mind•Eye Media: Can the Retina Play a Role in Menstrual Cycles? Absolutely! Retinal Stimulation Affects Brain; May Be Useful for Neurological DisordersCan changes in the way light disperses across the retina impact a woman’s menstrual cycle? “Fifteen women who had...
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'Dr. Zelinsky Is Renowned'
~ Norman Doidge, M.D. & Clark Elliott, Ph.D., and Patricia S. Lemer praise her accomplishments
"Zelinsky fit Elliott with a series of eyeglasses designed to improve the perceptual damage that made his life so difficult... Getting fitted for Zelinsky's eyeglasses is like no eye appointment you've ever had... Now, Elliott says, he is almost entirely symptom-free, able to problem-solve, multi-task and find his way easily — all abilities he lost in the auto accident in 1999. When he put on his Phase VI glasses he felt something that he hadn't felt for years: "I felt normal."
Review: 'The Ghost in My Brain'
- The Chicago Tribune
"One brilliant Chicago-area optometrist I know, Deborah Zelinsky OD, FNORA, FCOVD, has developed a unique, patented, easy-to-administer evaluation called the Z-Bell Test. This test measures the efficiency of integration between visual processing and listening....A 2014 study at Vanderbilt University found that children with autism do not synchronize their seeing and hearing...I have watched Dr. Zelinsky administer this test to disbelieving colleagues, who were astounded by its accuracy and results...Over the past two decades, the Z-Bell Test has become internationally recognized by the scientific community.”
- Patricia S. Lemer, Licensed Profesional Counselor (LPC)
"I visited Dr. Zelinsky, and she showed me how she can use optical lenses to alter sensory filtering, by directing light to different retinal cells and brain circuits. This can influence activity in the brain and the hypothalamus to better regulate body chemistry, sensory integration, and even some auditory processing. [Dr. Zelinsky] works frequently with patients working with learning and cognitive disorders as well as TBIs."
- Norman Doidge, M.D.