The connection between the vestibular system and the visual system is called the ocular motor reflex. When you are moving through space, your brain knows that your body is moving – even if your eyes do not. This reflex helps to keep you balanced and able to walk and coordinate your activities smoothly. This process is often quite complex.
Vertical Heterophoria Disrupts the Connection
When an individual suffers from vertical heterophoria, they can experience symptoms such as blurred vision and difficulty walking in a balanced way. This can be disconcerting because you lose your sense of orientation and balance. Vertical heterophoria affects the proper functioning of your vestibular system because of its effect on your vision. Symptoms such as blurred vision can be alarming.
The vestibular system consists of complex coordination of central and peripheral systems that help keep you balanced. This balance system uses sensory input from your eyes, muscles, joints and inner ear in order to maintain your balance and stable vision consistently.
The vestibular system can be divided into two main systems: the central system (the brain and brainstem) and the peripheral system (the inner ear and the pathways to the brainstem).
When vertical heterophoria occurs, you can experience symptoms such as blurred vision or double vision that can have an adverse effect on your balance and coordination.
Get Expert Help for Symptoms
It is imperative that if you experience symptoms such as blurred or double vision that you get a proper neurovisual exam that will check for small misalignments that cause vertical heterophoria. Custom aligning glasses are used to correct these small misalignments resulting in significant reduction in symptoms.
At the Neuro Visual Center of New York, we have specialized equipment to test for conditions such as VH and BVD. Dr. Cheryl Israeloff is specially trained to pinpoint eye conditions that can go undetected in a regular eye exam. Call us at (516) 224-4888 to schedule an appointment and get on the path to higher quality vision and standard of life. We look forward to hearing from you and improving your eyesight, balance and well-being!