847.501.2020

Success Stories:

‘She Just Wants to ‘See Better,’ So, She Went to the Mind-Eye

20-Year-old Patient Praises Her 100-year-old Optometrist; ‘He’s Great’

She simply wants to see better – without her eyeglasses.

That’s why 20-year-old Matea Peric of Glenview, Illinois contacted the Mind-Eye Institute in the nearby Chicago suburb of Northbrook. And, frankly, she says now she could not be happier, especially being under the care of an optometrist with more than 70 years of work in the field.

“I have worn glasses since I was 8 or 9 years old, and I am hoping to strengthen my eyes so that eventually I don’t need glasses,” says Matea, who indicates she can see well up close, but not so clearly at distances.

In fact, thanks to regular testing and a series of eyeglasses prescribed by the Institute’s Daniel Nast, OD, Matea has already experienced “some small, but meaningful,” improvements in eyesight even though she just started regular appointments at the Mind-Eye in November 2018.

With each new set of lenses, “Dr. Nast has been able to reduce the intensity of my prescription,” Matea says.

Formerly a clinical center called the Mind-Eye Connection, the Mind-Eye Institute was formally established in 2018. Its goals are to expand scientific knowledge and increase public awareness of the pivotal role visual processing plays in other sensory and motor systems. The Institute also wants to create an international network of optometrists trained in the advance diagnosis and treatment techniques of neuro-optometric rehabilitation.

Deborah Zelinsky, OD, founder of Mind-Eye, now serves as research director of the Institute. She is recognized worldwide for her ground-breaking clinical research, which has revolutionized scientific understanding of the impact retinal processing has on the mind and body by being a two-way portal.

Although much of the Institute’s focus is on assisting patients in recovery from traumatic brain injury, stroke or symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome, a percentage of patients have learning and/or behavioral problems and are working to develop needed visual skills. The Mind-Eye team also is involved in helping patients — such as Matea –improve visual efficiency, with or without glasses, so that they can fully use their peripheral and central eyesight.

“When I first came to the Mind-Eye Institute, I told Dr. Zelinsky that I wanted to strengthen my eyesight – just see better,” Matea recalls. “That’s when Dr. Zelinsky recommended [colleague] Dr. Nast as ‘the way to go to learn better visual skills.’”

And, Matea does not regret taking Dr. Zelinsky’s advice, praising both Dr. Nast’s approach to patient care and his personality.

At 100 years old, Dr. Nast has more than the average lifetime of knowledge in his field, and, despite the 80 years difference between him and his patient, Matea says, “I love him. He is such a great doctor; he always makes me laugh!”

Take The 60 Second Vision 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. Read the articles below to learn more about what the Mind-Eye Institute is doing to pioneer change in how optometric evaluations are performed in the 21st Century.

Her Struggles ‘All in Her Head,’ But She Wasn’t ‘Losing It’

Success Stories: Her Struggles ‘All in Her Head,’ But She Wasn’t ‘Losing It’ Mind-Eye Institute Gives Brain-Injured Woman ‘My Life Back’Lee-Ann Pullar of Durham, New Hampshire first considered her health struggles as possibly “all in my head.” What she didn’t...

Learning Struggles Often Due to Eye-Ear Coordination

Mind•Eye Media:  Learning Struggles Often Due to Eye-Ear Coordination   Mind-Eye Team Calls for Updated Testing of Children’s Visual ProcessingFailure to test how well eyesight and listening ability are coordinated is causing many children to struggle in the...

From ‘Barely Able to Read’ to Doctoral Dissertation

Success Stories: From ‘Barely Able to Read’ to Doctoral Dissertation Mind-Eye Institute ‘Brain’ Glasses Helping Her ‘Return to Person I Was’She went from hardly being able to read and recall information to completing a doctoral dissertation in a way appropriate...

Using the Z-bell Test to Remediate Spatial Deficiencies in Non-Image-Forming Retinal Processing

Mind-Eye RESEARCH: Using the Z-bell℠ Test to Remediate Spatial Deficiencies in Non-Image-Forming Retinal Processing  By Clark Elliott [1], Cynthia Putnam [1], Deborah Zelinsky [2], Daniel Spinner [1], Silpa Vipparti [1] and Abhinit Parelkar [1] [1] DePaul...

150-Year-Old Eye Testing Needs Update for Today’s Classroom

Mind•Eye Media: 150-Year-Old Eye Testing Needs Update for Today’s Classroom  Well Integrated Visual Skills Critical to Learning SuccessMy presentation a few weeks ago to optometrists and occupational therapists attending the national Neuro-Optometric...

Eye Glasses Are ‘Life-Changing’ for Former Hockey Player

Success Stories: Eye Glasses Are ‘Life-Changing’ for Former Hockey Player  Household Tape, Colored Filters, Bells – Transforming LivesA former college hockey player who sustained a series of concussions during play had “lost the feeling of what it is like to be...

Blood Passing Through Toe Same That Goes to Brain

Success Stories: Blood Passing Through Toe Same That Goes to Brain Comment Strengthens Patient’s Resolve to ‘Get My Life Back Together’“The same blood coursing through your toes goes to your brain.” That comment – from Mind-Eye Institute founder and executive...

Eye Glasses Prove ‘Life-Changing’ for Former Hockey Player

Success Stories: Eye Glasses Prove ‘Life-Changing’ for Former Hockey Player  Just as Book Author States, Mind-Eye Institute Works ‘Magic’Debbie Buchanan was skeptical – at first. After years of coping with the debilitating symptoms of traumatic brain injury,...

Thanks to ‘Brain’ Glasses, Charlie Now Helping Save Lives

Success Stories: Thanks to ‘Brain’ Glasses, Charlie Now Helping Save Lives  He Credits Mind-Eye Institute for His Success as ParamedicCharlie Bertrand of Glen Ellyn, Ill. is in the business of saving lives, and he credits it all to his “brain” eyeglasses. In...

Revelations on a Treadmill

Mind•Eye Media: Revelations on a Treadmill Thinking About Dashboards, Measurements, and the Mind-Eye InstituteSometimes, the most average – even mundane – of everyday activities, such as checking into a hotel or pulling luggage through an airport terminal, can get...