Solutions for Concussions, Post-Concussive Syndrome & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Experts call traumatic brain injury a growing “public health challenge.”
As many as 3.8 million cases of such injury occur annually in the United States.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
can be overwhelming and have what researchers call “a profound impact” on all aspects of a patient’s life, including abilities to think and move during daily functions and activities. The more detailed mechanisms of recovery from such injuries are not well understood. Medical management of the resulting neurological and cognitive symptoms and complications oftentimes proves difficult. That’s because the brain is complex and responds differently to forces applied to it, depending on severity, location and angle of impact. Also, no two people are the same, and patients exposed to similar injuries will respond differently.
About 75 percent of cases of brain trauma are considered mild but they are by no means benign. In fact, authors of a study published in the January issue of JAMA Psychiatry report that as many as one in five individuals who have sustained a mild head injury will develop mental health conditions, such as major depressive disorder, personality changes and behavioral abnormalities.
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Signs and Symptoms
Brain injury impairments can be physical, mental and emotional and both short-term and long-lasting. They may appear immediately after the trauma or becoming manifest days – or weeks – later. Among the symptoms of an injured brain are:
Vertigo (dizziness) and issues with balance
Cognitive deficits, such as memory loss, inability to concentrate, confusion, aphasia and other language processing difficulties, such as difficulty with word recall, losing train of thought and problems reading or writing
Heightened sensory systems:
Visual problems: blurred vision, abnormal eye movements, poor eye coordination, light sensitivity and difficulties in judging distance, seeing more in two dimensions rather than three
Hearing issues: increased sensitivity to sound, partial hearing loss, ringing in ears
Smell and taste issues: increased or decreased sensitivity to smells
Physical changes that affect appetite, sleep, body chemistry and other basic functions
Mental alterations, including depression, emotional problems, irritability and decreased ambition/motivation.
Medication, hospitalization, even surgery may be required immediately following a brain trauma depending on severity of injury. A period of rehabilitation also may be needed, although recovery from brain injury can be slow, taking weeks, months and even years. Oftentimes, a patient is simply prescribed rest and monitored for emergence of any neurological issues.
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An Illinois teacher sustained a serious head injury while on a professional development trip. Upon return to Illinois, she went to her physician with complaints of nausea, vertigo, balance issues and difficulties concentrating. She was told to go home and rest; the symptoms would likely subside in four weeks to six weeks. But, they did not subside. Dissatisfied with the response of the medical community, she contacted the Mind-Eye Institute where optometrist, Deborah Zelinsky O.D., conducted a battery of vision and visual processing tests, including her patented Z-Bell Test℠ to evaluate the patient’s ability to synchronize auditory and visual localization ability.
Dr. Zelinsky determined that, as a result of brain trauma, the patient judged size and depth of a target differently with each eye; was unable to have her peripheral vision be functioning on autopilot, losing a target while trying to concentrate on other mental tasks; and experienced difficulties synchronizing perception of space by the eyes and ears.
Working with different types of optometric glasses Dr. Zelinsky over time, was able to mitigate the patient’s symptoms by improving her visual processing capabilities, enhancing peripheral vision and re-integrating visual and auditory processing of surrounding space.
At the Mind-Eye Institute
We understand that interactions between the electrical and biochemical pathways in the brain affect physical, physiological and psychological systems.
Patients undergo thorough examination with advanced technology and testing techniques to measure visual performance and visual processing functions and determine whether the visual processing systems are in balance with other sensory systems that require perception of space and time, such as auditory localization ability. With this information, Institute experts can consider how light might be manipulated to positively impact patient brain function, with the goal of finding optimal ways of mitigating symptoms not improved or resolved through standard approaches.
Specifically, our team offers patients prescriptive eyeglasses, contact lenses or other optometric interventions to selectively stimulate light dispersed on the retina. Individualized lenses can:
Maximize patients’ visual performance and visual processing capabilities to create a stable balance between auditory and visual localization, each of which is used to visualize surrounding space.
Improve patient perception of the surrounding environment in order to modify behavior and enhance communication skills.
Help rebuild brain pathways or develop new pathways that enhance a patient’s ability to learn, understand and interact normally with others.
Help calm the nervous system’s reactions to environmental changes.
Getting In Touch With Us
To find out the next steps of registering as a patient or registering a child as a patient, please call the Mind•Eye Institute office at 847.501.2020 or you can fill out our online New Patient Inquiry Form on the right.
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Several years ago I had debilitating vertigo. It got so bad that when I could walk it was with a walker and much of the time I was in a wheelchair. Several neurologists and MRIs, x Ray's, and several other tests could not help. I went to Dr Z and was barely able to walk in to the appointment with a walker. I left walking without assistance. She and her staff are miracle workers and the cure was without medication.
How do you properly thank someone who has literally given you your life back? I am thrilled to report that I am having virtually no concussion symptoms at all. I am forever in her debt for helping me regain full functioning. She is absolutely worth the time, travel, and money. I wouldn't have the job I have today, be running my ministry, or enjoying life if it wasn't for Dr. Z, whom God has gifted with brilliance, innovative treatment methods, and a wonderful, warm, caring heart for each and every one of her patients. People are coming from all over the world to see her, because she gets results.
I suffered a traumatic brain injury and struggled with symptoms for eight years, despite trying everything, I am finally seeing steady improvements in the last 8 months since seeing Dr. Zelinsky. I literally have been to 40 doctors and underwent 40 healing modalities but so few really helped. If you want your life back, you owe it to yourself to try this! It works. I wish I had done it sooner, but could not drive or figure out how to get there. A simple flight and Lyft/Uber make that easy now, so don't let that stop you. I am so grateful for her brilliance and her work! She is a godsend!
Like so many others, I was immensely fortunate to have found Dr. Zelinsky by reading The Ghost in My Brain book (by Dr. Clark Elliott). After months of desperate scrambling, going to doctor after doctor seeking help with my debilitating concussion, Dr. Zelinsky was able to quickly identify my hidden visual concerns and address them. She has been compassionate and understanding and provided effective solutions using therapeutic eyeglasses for my head injury. Thank you Dr. Zelinsky for giving me my life back, there are few words to express how appreciative I and my family are for your amazing work!
I am amazed by Dr. Zelinsky - seriously amazed. I am dealing with post concussive symptoms (1 year out) including difficulty with sensory integration. Her Z bell test is mind blowing. I don't get it, but I don't need to. All I know is that I have been wearing lenses for 4 weeks now and the impact has been staggering. I wish I had come to see her sooner and am excited for my next set of lenses. If you have a TBI or PCS, save your $ and see Dr. Zelinsky. I have tried several other therapies: including vision with another Neuro-optometrist and NUCCA and these lenses have yielded the best results. Hands down.
I found that the results provided at Mind-Eye are outstanding! When it came time for it to be my turn to be seen, I was given the time I needed and not rushed out the door. Dr. Zelinsky is an AMAZING doctor who gives such thorough service and individual care, that you cannot help but tell others about the office visit. The bottom line is Dr. Z will save you money in the long run by solving your mind-eye issues quickly.
Dr. ZELINSKY has come up with a truly revolutionary way of viewing & connecting visual function, auditory function and optimal brain function. We are integrated wholes, not pieces and parts. You cannot effectively diagnose and treat vision problems without realizing that our vision is directly connected with the entire body & brain. What affects one will invariably effect changes in the other.
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.
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
After 2 years of continued local treatment, due to a car accident that left me mentally, physically damaged along with post concussion, two amazing friends helped me find my way to the Mind-Eye Institute. Deborah is nothing but amazing, very smart, caring and has unlocked a way to treat injuries through your brain and eyes together. This exam was like nothing I had ever received. Deborah explained what was going on to me and how we were going to start correcting issues by the use of glasses with filters, colors and prisms. It took several treatments and “homework” to help my body heal by using the tools they gave me until my next appointments to treat the whole body. Thank you Deborah, without you I never would have been able to successfully obtain and keep a full time job to get me off disability. You were the one that started the treatments that gave me my life back.
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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.