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Headache Center Offers Breakthrough Treatment Options

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Headache Center of Neurology Associates, based in Sioux Falls, announced today it is utilizing new technology developed by a company in Mitchell to treat a new-found class of headaches.

“We’re hopeful The Headache Center in Sioux Falls is the first of many to come, and that more jobs will be created in South Dakota to support the manufacturing of this new technology,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

With support from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Mitchell Area Development Corporation, eyeBrain™ Medical has developed a new therapeutic lens called NeuroLens to help reduce the amount of de-synchronization.

According to The National Institutes of Health (NIH), 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches. The symptoms of these headaches are intense pain, nausea, light sensitivity, impaired sleep, dizziness and frustration. Living with these symptoms is often devastating, misunderstood and can cause stress on relationships with family, friends and even employers.

Dr. Carol Miles, medical director of The Headache Center of Neurology Associates, says people who think they are suffering from chronic headaches may actually be suffering from a new-found class of headaches called eyeGraines™.

“When the images for each eye are not properly aligned, the brain struggles to fuse them together. This struggle repeated over and over can lead to ‘eyeGraines,’” said Dr. Miles.

In preliminary studies, 80 percent of patients experienced reduced or, in some cases, eliminated chronic headaches after using NeuroLens technology.

“Working in conjunction with specialists in the eye care field, we have found a way to treat the disparity between visual and neurological systems,” said Dr. Miles. “We believe when these two systems are out of balance, it often manifests itself in chronic, severe headaches.”

Kelly (last name withheld) is one of the patients who has experienced relief after trying the technology.

“I live a very active lifestyle,” said Kelly. “My headaches disrupted my entire life. I wasn’t able to sleep, work or communicate with my friends and family. In my darkest moment, I feared I had a brain tumor. I’d gone 22 years without a headache, and now suffered headaches for weeks. I was prescribed NeuroLenses and after putting them on, the pain stopped. In the fall of 2012, I had about 26 headaches per month and after wearing NeuroLenses, my headaches went down to maybe two or three a month. These NeuroLenses are invaluable.”

The Headache Center is the first clinic of its kind completely dedicated to the treatment of all types of headaches and is located in Sioux Falls. The clinic is open Monday through Friday and offers seminars each Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

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Members of the media requesting more information should contact Natalie Likness at Natalie.Likness@state.sd.us or (605) 773-3301.