Which came first, the anxiety or the dizziness? For a lot of people who experience unexplained dizziness, anxiety is a major problem. If your world is not stable and you constantly feel like you’re on the verge of falling down, of course you’re going to be anxious. Some people with persistent dizziness may start to withdraw from their friends and family members, staying home more and more often as their anxiety persists.
At its worst, anxiety caused by unexplained dizziness can make some people afraid to even leave their house. Many of those suffering from anxiety due to dizziness take multiple medications to help combat their symptoms. If the source of their dizziness is actually their eyes, as is often the case, these medications can make it even harder for the eye muscles to function properly. This creates a cycle of dizziness and anxiety that can seem impossible to break. Fortunately, the doctors at the Neuro Visual Center of New York know what to do.
Dizziness & Vertical Heterophoria
Dizziness is just one of the symptoms caused by a condition known as vertical heterophoria (VH). VH is a binocular vision dysfunction that can arise when the eyes are out of alignment. Even a very small misalignment can cause the body to work overtime to correct it, which results in tired, strained eye muscles and symptoms of nausea, headaches, migraines and dizziness, plus a host of others. Many of those with VH don’t even realize that they have it, though ignorance of the true origin of their dizziness doesn’t prevent it from completely disrupting their lives. When something as simple as walking becomes a source of fear and uncertainty, it’s no surprise that anxiety can set in.
The Neurovisual Examination
Unfortunately, many people with VH are misdiagnosed as having an anxiety disorder. If you have unexplained dizziness and anxiety that isn’t being helped by traditional methods and medications for treating such things, please fill out the questionnaire. Your symptoms may be coming from a binocular vision dysfunction like VH, which cannot be detected on a routine eye exam.
At the Neuro Visual Center of New York, our neurovisual specialists will perform a complete neurovisual exam to verify that VH is the issue, then provide treatment in the form of aligning prismatic lenses. Before you know it, you could have your life back, as our aligning lenses often work their magic within a matter of minutes, greatly reducing or eliminating your dizziness. To find out more about this innovative treatment and how we can help you, give us a call today at (516) 224-4888.