There’s nothing more frustrating than suffering from a medical condition that has no apparent source and no effective treatment or cure. One condition that is often overlooked as the cause of such problems is vertical heterophoria (VH). This little-known binocular vision disorder often goes undiagnosed because most physicians and eye doctors know little to nothing about it and the symptoms it can cause. Fortunately, it’s easily treatable once diagnosed by a qualified neurovisual specialist.
Last month, we highlighted the experience of G, one of Dr. Cheryl’s patients who had been suffering from dizziness for 10 years because no one recognized her condition for what it was – that is, until she found Dr. Cheryl. This month, Dr. Cheryl is pleased to share an update on G’s condition and how her new microprism aligning lenses are continuing to help improve her life.
Prism Glasses: It’s Amazing What They Can Do!
“I am very happy to report that a patient of mine is now virtually free of dizziness since receiving her microprism aligning lenses. For 10 years, she was unable to drive, let alone go the market or the mall. Her quality of life was really suffering, along with that of the rest of her family. She had tried many treatments and had countless tests performed by many doctors, not realizing that her problem all along was vertical heterophoria. With her custom aligning lenses, this wonderful woman now has her life back. She can drive, go to the supermarket and even did some shopping at the mall! As an added bonus, she’s reported seeing more clearly and comfortably than ever before. This is why I do this work. To have such an impact on a person’s life is truly a blessing.”
How Prismatic Lenses Work
Instead of helping with near and far vision like normal corrective lenses do, the prisms in prismatic lenses provide eye strain treatment by working to adjust the images seen by each eye individually. They have the ability to move the light going to each eye until the images are aligned on the same plane, which tricks the brain into thinking the eyes are working together. The result is one clear, focused image and relief from the strain and pressure that was put on the eye muscles due to the visual misalignment.
If you or someone you know suffers from unexplained headaches, dizziness, anxiety or a feeling of being unbalanced, it may be the eyes that are the problem! These symptoms could be caused by vertical heterophoria, superior oblique palsy or various other binocular vision disorders. To find out for sure if you have one of these conditions, start by filling out our BVD questionnaire, or call the Neuro Visual Center of New York at (516) 224-4888 to set up an appointment with a specialist. There’s nobody better to have by your side if you’re seeking treatment for dizziness!