Typical eyeglasses or contacts are designed to correct refractive errors like nearsightedness or farsightedness, which are generally caused by irregularities with the shape of your eyes. At the Neuro Visual Center of New York, we specialize in treating a different type of eye disorder that is caused by a misalignment in the eyes and can be extremely debilitating: binocular vision dysfunction. Our primary treatment method is aligning prismatic lenses, which can be used in eyeglasses or contact lenses, depending on the patient.
What Is BVD?
BVD is caused by a vertical misalignment in your eyes—e.g., one eye is slightly higher than the other, — that compromises the coordination between your eyes. To correct this misalignment, little muscles in your eyes work overtime so you can still see the world around you clearly. Eventually, all the hard work causes these muscles to become strained and fatigued, leading to BVD and associated symptoms like migraines and dizziness.
Put another way, patients with BVD see slightly different pictures in each eye because their eyes are not on the same level. Your body has a natural way of “correcting” this problem so you can still see clearly, but it comes at a price—overworked eye muscles and unpleasant symptoms like headaches, vertigo, balance problems, and more.
How Do Aligning Lenses Work?
Unlike typical eyeglasses or contacts that correct problems with the light-bending process responsible for refractive errors, aligning prismatic lenses work to correct the misalignment in your eyes. They do this by manipulating incoming light before it enters your eyes so that the images you see appear to be on the same plane. This tricks the brain into thinking your eyes are properly aligned, which means your intraocular muscles no longer have to strain to correct the misalignment.
Patients with BVD and related conditions like vertical heterophoria (VH) usually find that their symptoms gradually subside or completely disappear when they wear their prescribed aligning lenses.
Diagnosis and Treatment
At the Neuro Visual Center of New York, Dr. Cheryl Israeloff and the staff will perform a series of specialized tests to determine whether you have BVD. Our primary treatment method for this condition is aligning prismatic lenses, which can be prescribed as eyeglasses or, in some cases, as contacts—though we have found that aligning eyeglasses tend to be more effective.
Before coming to the Neuro Visual Center of New York, many of our patients, unfortunately, struggled for years to obtain an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for their symptoms. That’s because most doctors don’t have the training or equipment to detect BVD.
If you suffer from chronic issues like headaches, migraines, dizziness, trouble focusing, difficulty reading, balance problems, or anxiety, you need to have your eyes checked for BVD. Our innovative aligning lenses can reduce or even eliminate your symptoms, dramatically enhancing your quality of life.
Call us today at (516) 224-4888 to learn more about aligning lenses or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you!