Binocular vision dysfunction (BVD) is an eye muscle strain condition that affects many people. It can cause symptoms similar to sinus-related pain, like pressure around the eyes. Because the symptoms of BVD are common with other medical conditions too, diagnosing BVD can be tricky. Many patients with BVD thus fail to find lasting relief from their symptoms.
Is It a Sinus Headache or Binocular Vision Dysfunction?
Have you ever sought medical treatment for sinus pains, only to have the doctor tell you that nothing showed up on your sinus scan? If so, your symptoms may be the result of a different medical condition entirely: BVD.
Fortunately, there’s an easy test you can perform on yourself at home to determine whether the pressure around your eyes is caused by your eyes, or is just typical sinus pain. Next time you feel pressure around your eyes that is reminiscent of a sinus headache, rate the pain on a scale of one to 10, with one being very mild pain and 10 being the worst headache you’ve ever experienced. Next, cover one of your eyes (it doesn’t matter which one) and look at an object in the distance while relaxing. Do this for five minutes. When the five minutes is up, before you uncover your eye, rate the pain again. If you find that your pain has decreased, there’s a good chance your sinuses are not the culprit after all – the underlying cause of your discomfort is likely BVD. If you didn’t find relief, redo the test covering the other eye.
What Is BVD?
BVD is an eye muscle strain condition caused by a misalignment of your eyes. If you have a healthy visual system, both of your eyes are perfectly aligned, allowing you to see one clear picture rather than double vision. If your eyes are even remotely misaligned, however, you will see two images rather than one unless your visual system compensates. Because your brain rejects double images, it will force the small muscles in your eyes to correct the misalignment.
Eventually, this puts a strain on your eye muscles, leading to BVD. Patients with BVD may experience the following symptoms:
- Headaches and migraines
- Anxiety, especially in crowded spaces
- Trouble focusing
- Difficulty reading
- Pressure around the eyes that resembles sinus pain
- Balance issues
What to Do If You Suspect You Have BVD
If you perform the five-minute cover test and find your pain has decreased, we recommend scheduling an appointment with the Neuro Visual Center of New York at your earliest convenience. We can perform a highly specialized test to detect the tiny misalignments in your eyes that are indicative of BVD and confirm your diagnosis.
If we determine that you have BVD, we can fit you for special aligning lenses, the most effective method of eye strain treatment. Patients with BVD who have undergone our treatment have found their symptoms greatly reduced or even completely eliminated. Our treatment has literally changed people’s lives.
Don’t suffer from unexplained headaches any longer. Call us today at (516) 224-4888 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about BVD.