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Treat the Whole Patient, Not Just Their Eyes

The Mind-Eye Connection is an optometry practice with an emphasis on neuro-optometric rehabilitation that provides world-class care by healing the brain and body with state-of-the-art corrective lenses. Through groundbreaking research and innovative treatments, Dr. Zelinsky and her team have been creating life-changing experiences for nearly 30 years.

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Led By a Globally-Renowned Optometrist

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"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.

The Brain's Way of Healing

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"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' by Clark Elliott"

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The Ghost in My Brain

Dr. Zelinsky is Revered

Norman Doidge, M.D. & Clark Elliott, Ph.D. praise her accomplishments

In 2013, Dr. Zelinsky was presented with the Founding Father's Award from NORA. She is an active member of the World Brain Mapping Foundation and a neuro-champion for the Society for Neuroscience. Her books include Open your Eyes and Listen and An Insight to Vision. Along with Donalee Markus, Ph.D, Dr. Zelinsky is featured in the 2015 book The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and the New Science of Brain Plasticity Brought it Back by Dr. Clark Elliott. She is also cited in the afterword of Norman Doidge's 2016 paperback version of the New York Times 2015 Best-Seller, The Brain's Way of Healing. She is an invited speaker in the US, Canada, and Europe presenting workshops to internists, neurologists, and rehabilitation professionals in addition to optometrists.

Reviews from Around the Web

Nathalie K. - from Facebook

 May 8, 2018
After suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury for 8 years and 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 40 complementary healing modalities and so few have 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. -The TBI Coach

Cathy G. - from Facebook

April 23, 2018
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!

Tiffany S. - from yelp

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I have been taking my son Grant to mind eye connection for 10 years! Yes, 10 years and I am still truly amazed at how her techniques and bell test still help my son with his auditory processing disorder. She is ahead of her time and finally after 25 years of research she has done, the US doctors are now inquiring about her bell test. I found a gem in Dr. Zelinsky, she is amazing and has made my son's academic experience a positive one. So worth going to see this doctor, you will not regret it.

Yumm y. - from yelp

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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 am so grateful I decided to after putting it off for several months. I have tried several other therapies: including vision with a Neuro-optometrist and NUCCA (upper cervical chiro) and these lenses have yielded the best results. Hands down.

Deb H. - from Facebook

August 6, 2017
How do you properly thank someone who has literally given you your life back... She is so happy with my recovery, and I am forever in her debt for helping me regain full functioning... Do the people you care about a favor - if you know anyone that has suffered a brain injury, give them Dr. Z's information. 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.

Yes, she is one of those rare people who is in fact, that good. #gratitude #drzrocks

Paul O. - from Facebook

May 18, 2017
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.

Andrea K. - from Facebook

April 1, 2015
Dr. Zelinsky was able to help my daughter when she was very young with her eye problem where no-one at the time could even diagnose what was wrong with her. My daughter excelled in school and her eyesight just got better and better. I have recommended this place to everyone I know who has an unsolved eye problem. Dr. Zelinsky's patience and personality made it such an enjoyable experience for my daughter.

Lisa M. - from yelp

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Much, much more than "just an eye doctor." Dr. Z has a solid practice in eyes but for anyone who personally struggles with spectrum related issues or who has a child that struggles with autistic spectrum issues, Dr. Z is a godsend. Her innovative and deeply researched approach has produced amazing results for many families. I Highly recommend this practice. It is true that the doctor has struggled with some of her help in the past, but she has made major strides in this area and we have had great service in our basic eye care, glasses, and eye therapy. Definitely worth a visit!

Darby M. - from Facebook

May 19, 2014
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.

Carol H. - from Facebook

October 12, 2013
For the first time in my adult life I can see well with glasses. Dr. Zelinsky and and Dr. Wright did this cool test in which I closed my eyes and tried to touch a bell that they rang. I couldn't touch it... Until they covered my closed eye with a red tented lens. Then my hand went right to the bell... with my eyes closed! It's crazy! Then, Dr. Zelinsky did the same thing with my daughter. Our minds, eyes, and ears are indeed connected.

Kate M. - from yelp

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The Doctor is off the charts brilliant. When my kids were having challenges in reading and school work . She understands how the brain works and the connection of the visual connections like no other. Amazing results.

Ann R. - from yelp

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Our daughter had a great deal of difficulty learning how to read and wore prescription glasses. Several people suggested vision therapy and we took her to two different doctors for an evaluation. She has been seeing Dr. Zelinsky for almost a year. During that time Dr. Zelinsky has made several changes in our daughter's prescription glasses, which has resulted in incredible progress in her ability to read with greater ease. We are very pleased with this progress and look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Zelinsky.

The Penner Family - from Northbrook, IL

"In our daughter's own words she says, 'Dr. Zelinsky has blown my mind away with the amazing things she has done. I have noticed such a difference!' Simply put - you have made a difference in our child's life and we can't thank you enough!"

We Solve Problems Others Can't

Post-Concussive Syndrome

Many people suffer from various post-concussive and brain injury symptoms. These symptoms may be helped through changes to current or new lenses.

Unique Learning Difficulties

Above all else, our patients with unique learning difficulties gain a huge boost in confidence with new lenses. When learning is easier, anxiety tends to disappear.

Autistic Spectrum or Developmental Issue

Patients on the spectrum or with other developmental disorders affected by communication and behavioral barriers see large improvements with new lenses.

Difficulties with Attention

It is common for us to see adults and children alike who have difficulties with attention. It is also common for those patients to experience impressive turnarounds.

More Than Just Eye Doctors

You probably don’t consider an optometrist when you or your child has trouble with daily routines

The premise behind The Mind-Eye Connection concept puts an emphasis on enhancing the connections between the auditory and visual systems. It is important to realize that eyesight is only one small part of the visual system; there are many other visual inputs often not addressed during routine eye exams. Each of the systems develop in a hierarchy, linking with other systems' development. For instance, motor skills and visual skills combine for good hand-eye coordination, or visual and auditory skills combine for reading.

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