Do you have trouble focusing while reading? Do you find yourself losing your place on the page? Does working on the computer give you headaches and make you feel exhausted? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing eye tracking difficulties, a common symptom of binocular vision dysfunction (BVD).
How Eye Tracking Works
Eye tracking is your eyes’ ability to move seamlessly from focusing on one object to another. It requires the muscles of both of your eyes to move perfectly in sync with each other.
For example, if you’re watching sports on TV, your eyes are automatically jumping from one part of the screen to another throughout the game so you can follow the action. If you are reading a book, your eyes are scanning the page, continually moving from one word to the next. Every day, all day long, your eyes are moving together so you can see the world around you.
Eye tracking is a process that people with healthy vision don’t think twice about—but if you have BVD, it can quickly become the bane of your existence. If you have an eye tracking problem, you may be able to see the object you’re currently looking at perfectly clearly, but if you move your eyes to focus on something else—like a different line of text in a book, or a separate area of the screen on your computer—you’ll suddenly lose your place. You may not even realize what’s happening, but will instead experience symptoms like headaches and dizziness when reading or working on the computer.
Why Eye Tracking Problems Occur
Your ability to see clearly relies on an extremely intricate series of interrelated processes. Any irregularities with those processes, or lack of coordination between the different structures in your ocular system, can result in vision problems.
BVD is a condition that arises from a vertical or horizontal misalignment in your eyes—which can be an inborn trait or a disorder that results from an injury—that makes it difficult for your eyes to work together the way they’re supposed to. Rather than seeing one clear image, people with BVD might see an object slightly higher in one eye than the other. The brain rejects double images, so it forces the muscles in your eyes to correct the misalignment. Over time, this puts a strain on your eye muscles, leading to BVD and symptoms like eye tracking problems.
How We Can Help
Using state-of-the-art equipment, Dr. Cheryl Berger Israeloff can perform a highly specialized exam to detect the tiny misalignments in your eyes that signal BVD. We can then fit you with our innovative aligning lenses, which are designed to correct the misalignments in your eyes that cause BVD and eye tracking problems. Our treatment has not only drastically improved the eyesight of thousands of our patients—it has changed people’s lives.
Call the Neuro Visual Center of New York today at (516) 224-4888 to learn more about eye tracking problems or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you!