847.501.2020

Mind•Eye Media:

Mind-Eye Helps Head-Injured Marine ‘Return to Person I Was’  

He Goes to Appointment with ‘Few Expectations;’ Leaves ‘Mind-Boggled’

“What Mind-Eye has done for me has transformed my life; it has [positively] changed my relationship with my wife, my children, my co-workers, my friends.  I am actually becoming the person I once was before my [head] injury.”

So, says United States Marine Corps Veteran Bill Lipke of Chicago, following his second clinical appointment in May 2020 at the Mind-Eye Institute in Northbrook, Ill.  Bill struggled for 20 years with the residual effects of head and left-eye injuries that he sustained during infantry field exercises at Camp Pendleton, California.  He recalls thinking the symptoms would be his “new normal — the way life is going to be,” but that was before he learned about the work of the Mind-Eye Institute. 

“I underwent surgery for my eye, which corrected my eyesight somewhat after the accident, but it did not fix the other issues – the splitting headaches, light sensitivity, sleeping problems and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as a result of the brain injury,” Bill says.  “I also developed depression and anxiety, would twitch and yell out – sometimes in Arabic – or bark out orders when I slept, and was constantly on edge — in fight-or-flight mode. And, I had to follow a certain routine at home.  If I did anything out of order, my whole day was thrown off.”

But Bill’s world began to change in February of 2020 when he started wearing his first pair of therapeutic, Mind-Eye “brain” glasses.

“Within 48 hours of receiving the glasses, I began to feel differently.  I was still experiencing headaches, but their intensity quickly dropped from a seven-to-nine to  two-to-four on a pain scale of 0 to 10,” Bill says. “At first, I thought the glasses might be simply having a placebo effect. So, I started keeping a journal and began to note a continuing decline in my symptoms, including my depression and anxiety, during a several-month period.  My headaches went from daily to almost never.”

The Mind-Eye Institute (www.mindeye.com) applies 21st century science to neuro-optometric rehabilitation, and adds advanced mind-eye techniques, to develop individualized patient prescriptions. These prescriptions are intended to bring patients comfort by reducing some visually related symptoms, says Carla Adams, OD, Bill’s Mind-Eye optometrist.  “Development of new visual skills is key in helping patients return to previous activities.”

“Brain” glasses are designed to bend light in different ways across the retina, which is made up of brain tissue and is part of the central nervous system, explains Dr. Adams. “Light changes how the retina communicates with the brain, modifying the relationship between the mind’s visual and auditory localization abilities — in other words, how patients perceive space using cues from lights and sounds. Variance in light signals can create new brain signaling pathways that enhance a patient’s spatial awareness and perception. Oftentimes, people with brain injuries, PTSD or other neurological problems are not able to perceive space accurately due to mismatched signals.”   

Bill says he had hope “for the first time in a long time” when he initially heard about the Mind-Eye Institute from fellow members of the Chicago Blackhawks Warriors ice hockey team for disabled Veterans.  “I suddenly felt there was a light at the end of the tunnel, and that light was not coming from an oncoming train.”

Despite the hope, Bill went to his first Mind-Eye appointment wondering “how will a pair of eyeglasses help me.” He left the Institute clinic five-and-a-half hours later “amazed” at the testing and the science behind it.

“What does eyesight and hearing have to do with each other?” Bill asks. “Well, the Mind-Eye team broke down the information for me in Marine-like fashion.  Basically, they told me my sensory systems and brain were not working together the way they should be.”

Bill especially remembers the Z-Bell Test℠.  “The optometrist was ringing a small bell near my head and, with my eyes closed, I had to reach out and touch it.  I was missing it by six inches or eight inches.  I could not find it.  Then the doctor starts putting different lenses and filters over my closed eyes and suddenly I am right on target.  My finger is actually hitting inside the bell.”

Mind-Eye optometrists have been using the Z-Bell Test for the past 28 years as a method to evaluate a patient’s eye-ear connections and determine what type of glasses will be the most comfortable for the patient to wear.  However, the neuroscientific evidence showing why the Z-Bell Test works has only been available for about six years.

“Retinal stimulation activates parts of the brain not used for eyesight. With eyes closed, patients are still having to visualize surrounding space in order to locate the bell,” Dr. Adams explains.  “By placing various types of lenses across a patient’s closed eyes, we shift the internal perception of space.”

“Apparently, the filters Dr. Adams used were helping make the necessary connections in my brain.  I don’t fully understand it, but, if it works, it works,” Bill says.

Today, Bill rarely experiences the nightmares that caused him to yell out, and the twitching in his sleep is “no longer noticeable, which makes my wife happy,” he laughs.  His reading, comprehension and memory are better, too, “although my wife still leaves post-it notes around as reminders,” he says.

“The Mind-Eye Institute has made me realize that one’s life does not have to remain in the ‘new normal,’” Bill adds. “I want to tell other Veterans that you are better than your symptoms.  You have alternatives.”

About the Mind-Eye Institute

The Mind-Eye Institute, an internationally known optometric practice with an emphasis on neuro-optometric rehabilitation, is revolutionizing scientific understanding of how the retina serves as a two-way portal into the mind and body.  The manner in which light disperses on the retina influences brain function, thereby affecting a person’s awareness, movement and attention.  Using optometric interventions to selectively stimulate light, the Mind-Eye Institute is helping patients redevelop visual skills during recovery from debilitating, life-altering symptoms of brain injuries and neurological disorders, such as concussions and stroke. The Institute also helps develop visual processing skills in autistic patients as well as people with learning problems, including ADHD.

Patients who have experienced a vision problem, learning challenge or brain injury or feel like “something is different” can take our free online “Brain Quiz” at https://mindeye.com/brain-quiz or speak with one of our New Patient Advocates and come in for a Mind-Eye exam today by contacting our office at 847-501-2020.

For media inquiries, please contact Mike Maggio, public relations specialist for the Mind-Eye Institute, at 312-968-9199 or mediarel96@outlook.com

Take The 60 Second Mind•Eye Brain Quiz

Mind-Eye Featured in the News Media

Newspapers and television stations throughout the country have been reporting on the work of the Mind-Eye Institute and its mission to “Leave 20/20 in the 20th Century.” To learn more about what the Mind-Eye Institute is doing to pioneer these changes in optometric evaluations , click here:

Face-Plant Results in Years of Severe Brain Injury Symptoms

Success Stories: Face-Plant Results in Years of Severe Brain Injury Symptoms Tennessee Woman Calls Mind-Eye ‘Out of Desperation;’ Grateful She Did Ellen Rickard’s face broke her fall.That accident led to nearly 10 years of traumatic brain injury (TBI) symptoms,...

Eye Appointment ‘Mistake’ Leads Her to Relief From PTSD

Success Stories: Eye Appointment ‘Mistake’ Leads Her to Relief From PTSD What She Thought Was Typical Optometry Office Proved Much More Jennifer Keenan of Long Grove, Ill. thought she was making an appointment for a regular eye exam when she contacted the Mind-Eye...

Gingerbread Houses Can Tell Us About Visual Processing

Mind•Eye Media: Gingerbread Houses Can Tell Us About Visual Processing Nothing delights a child more than building and decorating a gingerbread house during the December holidays. But that same activity also can provide insight into children’s sensory processing,...

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update

Mind•Eye Media:Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update December 21, 2021From Mind-Eye President: Zemen Abebe An Important Message to All Current and New Patients: At the Mind Eye Institute, we continue to serve our patients during our normal hours Mondays through Saturdays 8am...

Brain Glasses Instrumental in Helping Cindy Remember, Concentrate

Success Stories:Brain Glasses Instrumental in Helping Cindy Remember, ConcentrateShe May Have New Favorite Song, Thanks to Mind-Eye Cindy Hamm’s favorite hymn may well be We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe. That’s because the Lake Villa, Ill. woman is celebrating...

Mind-Eye Proves Last, Best Option When Two Heads Collide

Success Stories: Mind-Eye Proves Last, Best Option When Two Heads Collide Mom’s Call, a Book, and Brain Glasses Get Angela Thinking Clearly Again Two heads may be better than one, except when they collide. And it was just such a head bump that sent young mother Angela...

Brain Glasses Help Relieve 15 Years of Migraine Headaches

Success Stories: Brain Glasses Help Relieve 15 Years of Migraine Headaches Mind-Eye Institute Changes Way Megan ‘Sees,’ Responds to Her World Megan Davenport was tired of “living life in pain.” She had struggled with chronic migraine headaches for 15 years -- since...

High-Tech No Substitute for Old-Fashioned Games

Mind•Eye Media: High-Tech No Substitute for Old-Fashioned Games What ever happened to pinning the tail on the donkey, dropping clothespins through the neck of a bottle, or walking with a raw egg on a teaspoon – children’s birthday games emphasizing individual and team...

Webinar Registration

Live Webinar: Ask Us Anything - ADD/ADHD When: October 14, 2021 at 7:00pm CST Presented by: Deborah Zelinsky, OD, FNORA, FCOVD; Carla Adams, OD, MEd, FCOVD; Daniel Myers, OD   Case Study Charlie...

Simple Contact Lens Change Gets Bill on Road to ‘Normal’

Success Stories: Simple Contact Lens Change Gets Bill on Road to ‘Normal’ ‘Disappointing’ Diagnosis Causes a Later Head-Turning ‘Wow’ A physical education teacher, struggling “to regain my former self” following a head injury several years earlier, left his first...

Clinic Business Hours:

Monday - Saturday

8:00 AM - 6:45 PM

 

Sunday - Closed

Contact Us:

Call

During Business Hours:

847.501.2020

EMail

info@mindeye.com

Northbrook Clinic Address

1414 Techny Rd,
Northbrook, IL 60062, USA

St Charles Visual Rehabilitation Center Address

2435 Dean Suite C
St Charles, IL 60175, USA

FAX

847.501.2021