When vertigo happens, panic can often set in because people experiencing vertigo feel a loss of control. Vertigo is a condition that can be triggered by a change in the position of the head. The person experiencing vertigo may feel like the head is spinning, tilted or swaying. They may feel unbalanced or pulled to one direction. Given the experience of sudden disturbances related to visual motion, photosensitivity and optic flow, a person experiencing vertigo naturally feels anxious and afraid.
An intense vertigo experience can also trigger anxiety attacks. People who are prone to experience vertigo can have an attack in places like the mall or supermarkets. Such places have a lot of sensory input and strong lighting. The person cannot sort out all the stimulation from the sensory stimuli because the eyes do not recognize them. This can lead to eye strain and intense headaches like migraines, as well as a feeling of swaying or motion as the eyes are unsteady.
Vertigo can be caused by factors ranging from damage to the ear to binocular vision dysfunction. A person with binocular visual dysfunction struggles with visual sensory input. This person can often feel very uncomfortable in a moving vehicle where there is a lot of stimulation on the side, and a sense of loss of control and perspective.
When you have binocular vision dysfunction (BVD), eyes are not aligned properly. This misalignment can be very small and go undetected in a regular eye exam. The eye muscles strain to overcome the difference and to work together as a cohesive, integrated system to see an object in a unified way. This strain leads to migraines and intense discomfort. The person suffering from BVD also may experience dizziness, disorientation, headaches and general discomfort.
Vertigo can often go away just as quickly as it came. However, it can be debilitating when it occurs. It can also be frightening and lead to anxiety attacks. Your doctor may prescribe medication or offer advice to deal with the aftereffects of a vertigo experience. However, a proper diagnosis is the most effective vertigo treatment. Get help to prevent further vertigo experiences and understand the cause.
Proper diagnosis with specific tests can help detect such subtle misalignments, preventing discomfort that impacts reading and learning. We offer such specialized examinations at the Neuro Visual Center of New York, where Dr. Cheryl Israeloff ensures that all our patients receive proper diagnosis and treatment.
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If you are experiencing vertigo and/or symptoms of visual sensory overload, you may be suffering from binocular vision dysfunction. Give us a call at the Neuro Visual Center of New York at (516) 224-4888. Get the best vertigo treatment preventatively after a specialized eye exam at our center. You can also fill out our questionnaire online. Our staff will promptly contact you with your results.