Asheville Balance & Vestibular Center uses Frenzel Video Goggles to record eye movements in both room light (with fixation) and in total darkness (without fixation).Abnormal eye movements, which are perceived by the patient as spinning (vertigo) or falling, can be caused by the brain, the inner ear or connections between the two. Some disorders do not require the use of video goggles to diagnose, if you have a skilled and knowledgeable clinician evaluating you. However, evaluating eye movements under Frenzel Video Goggles often enables a more accurate diagnosis to be reached.This is a highly specialized field that takes serious education and experience to become proficient.
Before choosing a provider to evaluate and treat your vertigo or dizziness, ensure you have chosen a qualified provider who is knowledgeable in the field, preferably who has specialized in treating vertigo and who has several years of experience working with vestibular patients. In addition, when necessary, the right equipment being used can also save you time and money! Common responses from our patients are, "I can't believe you cured me! I've spent over 6 months on medication that didn’t work” or “I was previously told that I just had to live with it and that this sometimes happens with getting older.” Some vestibular disorders are easily treatable when they have been properly diagnosed. We are working to better educate people regarding the treatment process and how important it is to be properly diagnosed by someone who has the right education and experience.
"When seeking a specialist to diagnose and treat your vestibular disorder, inquire if they use Frenzel Video Goggles. If they don’t even know what they are, run the other direction. Frenzel Video Goggles are a valuable tool to aid in correctly diagnosing your problem. Additionally, they are instrumental in educating you about your condition. It is much easier to understand why you are experiencing symptoms once you can actually see the problem."
Patients treated at the Asheville Balance & Vestibular Center can feel confident that they have chosen a quality care provider. Each of our physical therapist who treats Vestibular Disorders has been mentored by Dr. Kim Fox, PT, DPT who has the education, experience, and reputation for quality care. She is only provider in the area that is a member of the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) and has a certificate in advanced vestibular rehabilitation therapy.