If you’ve ever been to the doctor seeking treatment for dizziness, your doctor probably examined your ears. He or she may have also asked you if you struggle with anxiety. After your ears turned out to be perfectly healthy and you explained you weren’t feeling any more anxious than usual, the doctor may have simply shrugged and written you a prescription for something that offered temporary relief—but turned out not to provide a lasting solution.
While inner ear problems and anxiety disorders can result in dizziness, there is another common cause of dizziness that many doctors tend to miss: vertical heterophoria. This is a visual health condition caused by eye muscle strain, which can result in a range of symptoms including dizziness. If vertical heterophoria is the root cause of your dizziness, you may find that your symptoms are worse when you spend time in large, open spaces, or when you look at a busy pattern.
In today’s post, we examine the link between dizziness and vertical heterophoria, and explain how our state-of-the-art treatment can improve your quality of life.
What Is Vertical Heterophoria?
Vertical heterophoria is an eye condition resulting from a vertical misalignment in your eyes. If your eyes are even slightly misaligned, an object may appear slightly higher in one eye than it does in the other, causing you to see double images rather than one clear picture. Because the brain rejects double vision, it forces your ocular muscles to correct the misalignment. Over time, these tiny muscles will become strained and fatigued from all the extra work, resulting in the symptoms of vertical heterophoria.
Symptoms of vertical heterophoria include:
- Dizziness, especially in large, crowded spaces
- Trouble concentrating
- Difficulty reading
- Light sensitivity
- Trouble reading
How Vertical Heterophoria Causes Dizziness
Imagine being in a large, open, crowded space full of stimuli. Your eyes are moving around constantly, up and down, from side to side, taking in everything around you. For most people, this is an effortless process, as easy as breathing. It’s something you’re barely even aware of doing.
If you have vertical heterophoria, however, being in this situation puts enormous strain on your ocular muscles, triggering symptoms like dizziness. The same thing happens when you look at an image with a complex pattern. Your eyes are moving rapidly through the pattern, taking it all in—which strains your already-fatigued ocular muscles, prompting another dizzy spell.
The reason most medical practitioners, including most visual health specialists, fail to detect vertical heterophoria is that they lack the necessary equipment and training. At the Neuro Visual Center of New York, we can perform a highly specialized exam using our state-of-the-art equipment to check for the miniscule misalignments in your eyes characteristic of this condition.
We treat this disorder with aligning prismatic lenses which correct the misalignment in your eyes, thus removing the burden from your eye muscles. Patients who have undergone our treatment have seen their symptoms drastically reduced or even completely eliminated.
Put an end to your dizziness. Call the Neuro Visual Center of New York today at (516) 224-4888 to schedule an appointment.