"She gave me the mock pair of glasses to put on and I remember the pain just melting away, and I just started crying." - Renee M
On the eve of her wedding in 2001, Renee was involved in a rollover car crash and almost didn't make it. When she arrived at the hospital, they found out that her shoulders were fractured and dislocated but she was safe and going to recover.
While her physical injuries healed, she started to experience daily vertigo that persisted for the next two years. She also experienced terrible headaches on a regular basis. She tried all sorts of remedies and visited a number of different doctors to find a cure including a Neurologist, an ENT, an optometrist and a chiropractor. It wasn't Meniere's disease, and her eyes were ruled out too.
As she got older, her symptoms got worse – she experienced terrible anxiety as a passenger on the highway. Her nausea and headaches would easily be triggered by walking into big shopping malls and department stores.
After 16 years of suffering from her symptoms, she finally found an answer. She heard about a NeuroVisual specialist through a family member. She took the BVDQ™ and scored high, and immediately scheduled her NeuroVisual Evaluation.
During her appointment, she recalls putting the microprism trial frames on and, " I started crying. The pain went away. It melted within a minute. Anxiety went away. Dizziness stopped. "
We learned that she was suffering from post-concussive Binocular Vision Dysfunction. Since she recalls experiencing car sickness as a child (a classic sign of children suffering from Vertical Heterophoria) there's a chance she had undiagnosed BVD that was exacerbated by her car accident. She was treated with a pair of microprism lenses and special tints to reduce her symptoms.
Renee is now back to work and says, "I have life again!" When she started feeling better, her daughters remarked about how she wasn't sad and crying anymore.
"I have no more anxiety. It's been 3 years since I've had a panic attack and that is the best feeling ever."
Thank you Renee for your persistence and willingness to share your story so that others can learn about this condition! ❤️
Unfortunately, Renee's story isn't unique. An average of 2 million people each year experience concussions and another 3 million are involved in car accidents. Post-Concussion BVD symptoms are all too common in people who have experienced a head injury of any type. These include nausea, headaches, car sickness, chronic neck pain, and anxiety in large spaces like malls and department stores. If you're not yet screening and treating your patients for their BVD symptoms after a head injury, now is the time to begin.