Recently, the number of patients diagnosed with “vestibular migraine” has increased. Vestibular migraines don’t always cause headaches. Symptoms range from dizziness and a lightheaded feeling to body swaying and rocking. Typically, these people have normal vestibular (inner ear) testing and are given a diagnosis of vestibular migraine when no other cause for their symptoms is found.
Double vision is often mistakenly attributed to a migraine. But double vision is caused by weakness in one or more of the eye muscles which control eye movement, not by a migraine. When the eye muscles tire, images from each eye are not precisely focused, and double vision is the result. Frequently, the double vision a person experiences is intermittent. The symptoms from intermittent double vision can mimic vestibular migraine. A person can feel dizzy, lightheaded, and experience body swaying and rocking when looking in different directions.
An easy way to determine if your symptoms are caused by intermittent slight double vision is the “5 Minute Cover Test”. Rate your symptoms on a scale of zero to ten. Set a timer for 5 minutes and cover one eye while relaxing and looking out into space with your other eye. When 5 minutes has elapsed, rate your symptoms again BEFORE you uncover the eye. If you feel better, then your problem is with your eye muscles, and you may not have vestibular migraine.
Using specialized micro prismatic lenses, the doctors at the Neuro Visual Center of New York can dramatically reduce your symptoms. Our extensive neuro visual examination uncovers binocular vision dysfunctions that are not found in a routine eye exam. Please take our simple questionnaire to see if your symptoms may be caused by your eyes.