I found Woodbury Eye Clinic after seeking help for my chronic headaches after my 12 concussions. I tried meds, but it didn't work. My whole world changed when the headaches went away and after that I realized that my eye problems are the reason for me hating reading. Prior to my eye therapy I didn't get anything out of my reading. Now reading is one of my favorite things to do! —Rachel F.
In 2009 I got a concussion in a tubing accident. After the accident I had extremely bad headaches and they just keep getting worse. I went through all the different doctors I could. I went to my primary who referred me to a neurologist. At this point the neurologist went through a bunch of different tests to make sure nothing was seriously wrong with me that he could see. When nothing showed up on the scans and various tests all I got were different medication to try to help the headache. He also sent me to a biofeedback specialist, because he told me I was a teenager with a lot of stress. After continuing with the biofeedback specialists for a couple months she told me there was nothing wrong with the way I dealt with my stress. I was actually better at it then what she normally sees. I kept going back to this neurologists because that is what everyone, including doctors, kept saying was the right thing to do, but all I got were more drugs that didn't work. At that point it had already been about a year and I was still having extremely bad headaches, I couldn't concentrate in school, my memory was horrible, I was tired all the time, I was losing my vision, feeling off balance, etc. I finally went back to my primary to ask what else I could do. She then proceeded to send me to different specialists. I went to a bunch of different specialists to figure out what reason could possibly be why I was feeling this way. It was just a side note after I had been directed to a third neurologist who specialized in concussions that a physical therapist suggested that I should try going to see Dr. Cole for a vision therapy assessment. From the time I met him I knew something was different. Dr. Cole knew how I was going to feel after the tests before I even told him. This validated to me that someone actually understood how I felt and showed he had an idea on where to go and what to do. This gave me the first hope of a positive direction that I had had in a long time.
I started vision therapy and don't get me wrong it wasn't the easiest thing to do at the beginning, but just knowing that people could actually understand what I meant when I would tell them about how I felt was amazing. It made me want to continue going every week. The more times I went the better I got. The headaches started going away gradually, I didn't lose my vision nearly as much as I did before, my balance was improving, school was getting so much easier, and I started feeling a lot more energetic. If certain exercises didn't work for me then we switched up the vision exercises to ones that did make improvements. Life was no longer just me trying to get through the day so I could go to bed. I now get excited to do everything I wasn't able to do before. I haven't felt this good since before I got my concussion. There wasn't any medication that I needed at all. All I needed was for someone to give me the recommendation to see about doing vision therapy. Vision therapy was able to give me back my life unlike the countless other things we tried and people we saw. —Cassandra P.
Nine months ago when I was participating in an obstacle course, I slipped and fell and got knocked out. I woke up with my face in the snow thinking I was back in 6th grade. After that wore off and I returned to the present, I noticed my vision was acting odd, but I shrugged it off and finished the course. When I was done with that, I felt quite peculiar and didn't quite understand why until people started suggesting that I had a concussion. I didn't know what those were at the time, but they didn't sound fun.
When I got home, things took a turn for the worse. My vision was awful, I felt like I lost a part of my brain and I was generally confused most of the day. Things were not going well in my book. I was forgetting simple things throughout the day, forgot about stuff I did with my friends, something I was about to do, and the names of actors faces; that irked me the most. Things didn't seem to be getting better with time either.
I scheduled an appointment to get my head checked out, and the results said that I had a concussion. I took it as good news because it meant I could possibly heal from it if I worked at it. I had plenty of appointments throughout the next couple months where nurses ran tests and had therapy sessions with me. It was fun and all but it didn't seem like I was improving or getting better, it seemed like I was stuck going nowhere. I was getting depressed and was losing my determination and wasn't sure what I was doing with my life. It was a difficult and strange time for me, and my friends now refer to it as that time where I was brain dead. I can't say I disagree with them.
Then one special day I got scheduled an appointment at the Woodbury Eye Care Clinic. I felt reluctant at the time to go there, my eyes weren't my main problem, my thinking was, but I thought it'd be good to give it a try none the less. When I was done with my forty minutes there, I was blown away. The staff knew what they were talking about when it came to concussions and answered all the little questions I had. They didn't just work on my eyes as I initially thought, but they worked on all thought processes that I was having trouble with too. They ran a couple tests on me and said that my eyes weren't operating at the capacity they should be, but they also told me that my problem solving skills had a high score. This made me feel better about myself and gave me extra motivation to get out of my brain-damage funk. After the first day I left with a headache, but also with the urge to improve.
Over the next couple of months I had an appointment every week or two where I would do my regular exercises and learn some new ones as well. Some of them were frustrating, but I was improving in them with time. I got assigned little homework exercises which were easy and sometimes even fun. Sometimes I was even given research to do which increased my thirst for knowledge and helping me find out what I wanted to do when I graduated. I could notice myself getting better every time I went.
When I was done with my ten appointment plan, I felt like a fresh man. My brain wasn't healed completely but my vision was better than its ever been, and my scores for thinking improved too. My ambition was at a new high and throughout the course I learned new hobbies like rollerblading and Spanish, and spent my time more wisely instead of just sitting around staring at a computer screen. My headaches were gone and I felt more active than I've ever been. My therapists not only helped me get through my concussion, but they also helped me figure out what to do with my life. I went from a lost puppy with no plans for my future to a lone wolf with a few.
So all in all the clinic was great for me and I'm really thankful for the therapists who got me through that strange time. I highly recommend it for other people who went through a concussion as I have. —Owen S.
I experienced a second concussion in December of 2013. I had headaches, memory loss, and reading/vision issues. After months of PT, OT, Medications, and rest, it was suggested that I try Vision therapy at Woodbury Eye Clinic. I was evaluated on a Saturday afternoon, due to my busy schedule, and began therapy sessions shortly after. The therapy was done two times per week, and after 10 treatments, I am experiencing a big improvement in my symptoms. The Vision therapy has helped me recover from my eye issues and my headaches are lessening. I would recommend Dr. Cole and Woodbury Eye Clinic for concussion issues. —Lindsay L.
Dr. Cole and Rita at Woodbury Eye Care Clinic played a major role in the recovery of my son's concussion. The vision therapy he received was just as important as the occupational and physical therapy sessions he also needed. Dr. Cole and Rita not only provided excellent care, they also assisted as his advocate with teachers where they educated and brought more awareness on concussions and how it can affect learning. Our visits were always positive, they're always upbeat and friendly, and they offer very convenient clinic hours. —Carey W. (patient's mother)
It was a pleasure to meet your staff, do the assessments and sit in for the results; very in depth, detailed and informative. Dr. Cole's expertise are exemplary and his ability to explain the complexities of it all to both adults and youth is impressive and commendable. We are thankful for the thoroughness, his presentation skills and great "bedside" manner. —Anonymous