Facial asymmetry is something we all have. It is more pronounced in some people than others. When a face has a lot of asymmetry, the imbalance can cause vertical heterophoria. The person may not be aware of this, but may experience recurring symptoms such as headaches and dizziness.
In a face with asymmetry, one eye can physically be higher than the other. This will cause visual images to appear on the retinas of each eye at different points. The retina functions like a film on the back of the eye and, working in tandem with eye muscles, attempts to focus one image. This process usually works seamlessly and so fast that we are not aware of it. However, in a person who has vertical heterophoria, the eyes really struggle and strain to deliver this coherent, unified image. This extra effort can cause headaches and dizziness.
Vertical heterophoria (VH) can often be recognized in people by their bone structure and facial asymmetry. A binocular vision disorder, VH has symptoms ranging from anxiety to headaches and dizziness, light sensitivity, neck ache, head tilt, facial pain, unsteady feeling while walking and motion sickness.
Get a Proper Diagnosis
It is important to be properly diagnosed so that you can identify if you have a binocular vision disorder like vertical heterophoria and get it treated right away. Headaches and dizziness are common symptoms of other conditions and after effects of accidents.
In order to identify and treat vertical heterophoria, your doctor must be specially trained and have the proper equipment for testing. At the Neuro Visual Center of New York, we provide specialized care for our patients in binocular vision disorders like VH. Our primary physician, Dr. Cheryl Berger Israeloff, can help patients answer questions and concerns about any eye discomfort or strain they are experiencing.
At the Neuro Visual Center of New York, we can help you identify and treat any binocular vision disorders you may have. You will be able to see better and also reduce any symptoms such as headaches and dizziness. Contact us at (516) 224-4888 to learn more. Our specialists are eager to assist. We can help answer your questions, schedule your appointment and get you the help you need immediately.