With the convenience of handheld devices and ever-increasing advances in technology, it’s becoming more and more common to see people continually using some form of technology at home and work, whether it be a laptop, tablet or smartphone. The unfortunate side effect of countless hours spent staring at screens is eye strain and fatigue from computer vision syndrome. These symptoms, however, can also be indicative of a more serious binocular vision dysfunction (BVD). Here are four signs to be aware of that could indicate the need for an expert neurovisual examination at the Neuro Visual Center of New York.
1. Problems Reading and Focusing
People who have underlying problems with their binocular vision often have difficulty reading and problems with concentration. If you suffer from blurred vision, have difficulty concentrating or focusing on words when reading or working on the computer, or notice yourself skipping lines or losing your place while reading, these could be all signs of BVD. If any of these issues are causing you problems, a detailed neurovisual examination can help uncover their source.
If you experience frequent headaches, this could be a sign of a binocular vision problem caused by misalignment of the eyes. If you’ve been diagnosed with sinus headaches or chronic migraines, but none of the standard therapies have worked, it’s time to try a neurovisual eye exam to try to get to the root of the problem.
3. Eye Pain/Fatigue/Strain
In addition to headaches, eye pain, strain and fatigue are further signs that your eye muscles are working overtime. When there is a misalignment in the images from the two eyes, the visual system then steps in to move the images back to the correct position. This cycle of misalignment and correction then starts repeating itself over and over, until the constant tug-of-war put a strain on the eye muscles, leading to eye pain and fatigue. If a neurovisual exam reveals that misalignment is indeed the problem, treatment with custom aligning glasses can alleviate these symptoms.
4. Nausea and Dizziness
Many people who suffer from dizziness and nausea don’t realize that these symptoms may be caused by a binocular vision problem. The frequency and intensity of these and other symptoms vary, and are triggered by a variety of factors such as driving or even something as simple as going to the supermarket. If you experience vertigo, dizziness or anxiety due to these symptoms, a comprehensive neurovisual evaluation is needed.
What We Can Do For You
Our neurovisual examinations, which use the Feinberg technique to diagnose and treat binocular vision issues such as vertical heterophoria, superior oblique palsy and convergence insufficiency, are only available in New York at the Neuro Visual Center. Using customized prismatic aligning correction, we can treat problems such as dizziness, headaches and reading difficulties without having to resort to long-term or expensive vision therapy.
Treatment methods will vary depending on your specific needs, but you can always count on the Neuro Visual Center of New York to offer you the products and services that will provide long-lasting solutions to your eye problems. Take the first step today and give us a call at (516) 224-4888 to schedule your own neurovisual examination.