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Carla D. Adams, M.Ed., O.D., F.C.O.V.D.

Director, Visual Rehabilitation

Optometrist Carla D. Adams, M.Ed., O.D., FCOVD, has now joined the Mind-Eye team. Dr. Adams is training in applying the advanced neuro-optometric rehabilitation techniques practiced by the Mind-Eye Institute and is seeing patients at both the Institute’s central clinic in Northbrook, Ill. and at her own practice, which has undergone a name change from Optique EyeCare to Mind-Eye Institute. The satellite office is located at 2435 Dean St., Suite C, in St. Charles, Ill.

Dr. Adams’ experience includes management of a variety of conditions, including strabismus (misaligned or “crossed” eyes), amblyopia (“lazy” eye), accommodative and convergence disorders and vision-related learning disorders. She also works closely with physical and occupational therapists, reading and education specialists, physicians and psychologists to ensure her patients receive an integrated approach to their health care.

In her new role at the Mind-Eye Institute, Dr. Adams is expanding her focus from “eye care” and 20/20 acuity testing to “brain care.” She is doing this by applying 21st century neuroscience research, showing how light can be used to affect brain functions. She is using therapeutic neuro-optometric methods on a very individualized basis in order to bring sensory systems into synchronization in each patient.

“Vision is a dynamic process that is learned and directly affects how we think, how we solve problems and how we feel,” says Dr. Adams, who graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of North Florida. “Emphasis is not just placed on getting a patient to see 20/20, but also on how patients perceive their environment and how efficiently they use their eyesight.”

There are also visual skills that involve internal processes, such as mental organization and planning, which are used daily life. “People don’t realize how eyeglasses can affect how they think and feel in addition to how they see,” she reports.

Dr. Adams is a fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and a member of the Optometric Extension Program, National Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA). She also is the speaker liaison for the Fox Valley Chapter of the IOA and serves on the auxiliary board for the Tri City Health Partnership, a clinic providing health care to families in need.