There are a variety of different factors that can cause headaches and dizziness, one of which is binocular vision dysfunction (BVD). With BVD, such symptoms occur due to a misalignment of the eyes that, in addition to headaches and dizziness, can also result in “ghost” or shadowed vision, sensitivity to light, blurred vision and double vision, in some cases. In addition, BVD patients often suffer from other eye problems, as well as issues with balance and problems with the vestibular system.
One type of binocular vision disorder is vertical heterophoria (VH). Any visual misalignment, no matter how small, puts a great deal of stress and strain on the eye muscles, causing them to become tired and overworked. It is at this point that the symptoms of VH begin to appear. Here, I describe the symptoms of vertical heterophoria, as well as the services we provide at the Neuro Visual Center of New York and the methods we use to treat this condition.
Symptoms of Vertical Heterophoria
As mentioned before, vertical heterophoria occurs when the eyes are misaligned vertically. For example, the right eye could be higher than the left eye or vice versa. Although this misalignment is usually imperceptible to the naked eye, the brain is aware of the problem and works to fix it, which can result in the eye muscles becoming overused. This struggle by the body to correct the vision can lead to chronic headaches, dizziness and even double vision symptoms.
There are certain actions it’s important to be aware of that can trigger VH symptoms. These include the following:
- Moving the head side-to-side.
- Riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle.
- Standing suddenly from a seated position.
- Driving fast on the highway with other cars whizzing by.
Symptoms such as these can also occur in patients suffering from other eye and ear disorders, which is why the condition is often misdiagnosed. Fortunately, the specialists at the Neuro Visual Center of New York are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of binocular vision disorders. We will be able to definitively tell you if your vision problems are being caused by VH.
Treating Vertical Heterophoria With Prismatic Lenses
Drs. Cheryl Berger Israeloff and Marissa Zimmerman have years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of various binocular vision disorders, including VH. Through the use of a very thorough and comprehensive eye exam, they are able to diagnose and treat a variety of binocular vision problems and improve the lives of many BVD and VH patients. Treatment methods include prescribing custom prism glasses, prism contact lenses or multifocal contact lenses.
At the Neuro Visual Center of New York, we also offer a range of services that help achieve the level of comfort your eyes need. To find out more about these services and schedule your exam, contact our team by calling (516) 224-4888.