FINALLY, AN ANSWER
After Maze Googled “Why can’t I drive on the interstate at night?” and found the answer at the Neurovisual Center of New York website, he felt a huge sense of relief. A testimonial and questionnaire on the site echoed nearly all of his symptoms.

“Oh my gosh, I found out what’s wrong with me, I’m not going crazy,”” he told himself. “”Because at one point I thought I was going insane, because all this stuff was going on and I couldn’t figure it out. You go to doctors and they don’t know what’s wrong with you.”

Maze found Dr. Jeffrey Handschumacher with Family Eye Care Center in Raleigh, one of the few doctors in the country treating vertical heterophoria with corrective lenses, and was eager for an appointment. His symptoms were getting more severe just when he was under more stress at work: In early February, WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel announced a 6-week medical leave of absence, and Maze took over his duties.

“”I started to wonder, is it stress that brought it on because the impact of Greg not being here, and I was having to carry the load. Maybe that’s what set it off, I don’t know,”” Maze said. “”I was having to handle everything and we had some big weather events and just the idea of thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, he’s not here.’ It was a lot more stress.””

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Originally Published in The News Observer | April 25, 2018″