Physician Letters

Letters From  Referring and Treating Physicians

“I have known Rod Gillilan personally and professionally since 1971.   I have utilized his services for my patients professionally these past 30 years to help me in the diagnosis and treatment of vertiginous patients.  A select group of my  patients present with a constellation of symptoms characteristic of “See Sick Syndrome”.  I perform the initial interview and diagnostic testing to rule out any abnormality in the labyrinth.  If the labyrinth and neurologic evaluation appears intact and if the patient has the previously mentioned constellation of symptoms and I suspect the See Sick Syndrome”, I have referred my patients to Dr. Gillilan.  He has been very effective in confirming or depriving the patient’s  diagnosis of “See Sick Syndrome”.  If he concurs with the diagnosis of “See Sick Syndrome” he then  he has very effectively create my patients in a cost effective and efficient manner. The results have been excellent.  One of his patients worked as a secretary in my office and had dramatic results as have many of my other patients”.   

Dale R. Oien, M.D.

“Many patients suffer from visually induced motion sensitivity, “See Sick Syndrome”, not realizing that this has anything to do with their vision.  This condition is not age related and can impact children as well as adults, causing discomfort, dizziness, headaches, nausea … just from riding in a car (even on a straight road), walking down the isle in a crowded grocery store or any activity that involves lots of background motion or flickering lights.  Patients who have suffered stroke or concussive brain injury are at greater risk of developing this condition.

Accurate diagnosis and treatment have been available for decades yet this condition is often not identified because patients may see their problems as “normal” for them.  While See Sick Syndrome symptoms are significant, they rarely impact how clearly you see and often go unreported during an eye examination unless the Doctor specifically asks about symptoms or challenges with certain activities.  

The good news is that patients do not have to continue to suffer.  See Sick Syndrome therapy is very effective, non-invasive and appropriate for all ages.  The prognosis for successful treatment in patients diagnosed with visually induced motion sensitivity is excellent.  The effects are life changing and allow our patients to comfortably participate in activities they had previously avoided or suffered through when required.  My hope is that more patients will benefit from diagnosis and treatment in the future”.

Carol E. Marusich, OD, MS, FCOVD
Eugene, OR
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“See Sick Syndrome Diagnosis and Therapy have been included in  my clinical protocols for over 30 years. The only way to describe the life changes experienced by a patient when they completes this therapy, is that it provides a return to normal sensory interaction with the world..  Proper diagnosis, symptom definition, and goal setting  are critical if the therapy is to be successful.  Patients that I  treated early in my career,  have returned to my practice for twenty years or more with no return of symptoms..
Patients who received relief from See Sickness often are aware of similar sufferers and frequently refer friends and family from wherever they may live .  Patients routinely travel from northern California, southern, coastal, central  Oregon and from  as far away as Mexico, Florida and Maine to centrally isolated  Medford, OR. for therapy.
For the past five years I have been on the invited staff of two local Medical Centers and Hospitals attending head trauma and stroke patients in the neuro-rehabilitation units, outpatient and home health programs of these and other assisted living facilities. See Sick Syndrome therapy is a valuable and often critical immediate or intermediate step in stroke and TBI patients therapy program . Implementing SSS Therapy for administration by Occupational, Physical, Speech and language or Visual therapists can often abbreviate the in-patient hospital rehabilitation period.
SSS therapy has been  available for decades, but this therapy is often newly “discovered” by patients or relatives when they grow frustrated with futile  pharmaceutical interventions  attempts at relief.  Patients have responded to SSS therapy after months or years of lifestyle impacting symptoms”.
Douglas G Smith OD
“I was fortunate to meet Dr. Gillilan early in my career as an optometric clinician and
educator.  What he taught me changed how I later treated and managed patients with visually-related dizziness. Prior to my experiences with Dr. Gillilan, when a patient complained of dizziness I didn’t believe eye doctors had anything to offer that would help to alleviate those complaints. What I learned is that not all dizziness complaints are caused only by the vestibular system. For some people visual motion causes dizziness–even when the body is at rest. An example of this would be experiencing nausea and dizziness while sitting perfectly still during a movie with lot of peripheral motion on the big screen. Another example is disliking places such as crowded malls and supermarkets where peripheral or side-vision is constantly barraged by motion. The leading theory of why this occurs is called sensory-conflict.  In a nutshell, the explanation is that the symptoms occur because the visual system and the vestibular system or the body’s gyroscope are relaying information to the brain that is not compatible. The good news is that if you are a sufferer with this type of visual-related dizziness, there is potential help. Dr. Gillilan pioneered a progressive sequence of treatment activities that include eye movements, head movements, balance, and gait. By starting with simple sensori-motor activities and moving to more complex ones, the brain learns to better resolve the sensory conflict and the dizziness symptoms diminish greatly for most patients who undergo the treatment sequence. As life-changing as the treatment is for some patients, it is important to note that it is not a “cure-all” for every person who has problems with dizziness. There are many many different causes of dizziness. Neurological causes, tumors, diseases, and significant problems with the vestibular system first need to be “ruled-out” as an underlying cause.  If you have had these problems ruled-out as the cause of your dizziness and you are especially sensitive to fluorescent lighting and visual-motion in your
side-vision, seek out a practitioner who offers the course of treatment pioneered by Dr. Gillilan”.
Hannu Laukkanen, OD MEd FAAO
Clinical Professor of Optometry
Chief, Vision Therapy Services
Pacific University College of Optometry.

The opinions expressed in this letter are personal views and do not
represent official policy of Pacific University administration, faculty,
or staff.