Vertical heterophoria is a condition that results from eye muscle strain caused by a misalignment of the eyes. It leads to symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, vertigo, blurred vision and trouble concentrating. Because these symptoms overlap with a number of other unrelated medical conditions, many patients with vertical heterophoria are given the wrong diagnosis and treatment that fails to improve their quality of life.
Compounding the problem is that regular eye doctors don’t test for this condition. That means even if you receive an eye exam every two years as recommended, your vertical heterophoria would still likely go undetected.
So why don’t most eye doctors test for vertical heterophoria? The exam used to diagnose this disorder requires highly specialized equipment and doctors who perform it need to undergo extensive training. Most eye doctors don’t receive this training in their schooling, nor do they have the equipment in their practices.
Symptoms of Vertical Heterophoria
Symptoms often associated with vertical heterophoria include the following:
Headaches or migraines
Dizziness and lightheadedness
Blurred or double vision
Anxiety, especially in crowded spaces
Many patients seeking vertigo treatment or relief from other symptoms on this list don’t realize the underlying problem stems from an eye condition, since these symptoms can be caused by so many other unrelated disorders. If you experience any of the symptoms above, come to the Neuro Visual Center of New York for an exam to test for vertical heterophoria.
How the Vertical Heterophoria Test Differs From a Regular Eye Exam
With a normal eye exam, the goal is to fit you for the correct eyeglass or contact lens prescription, and to test for common eye conditions like glaucoma or cataracts. Routine eye exams use standard equipment, and the eye doctors who perform them do not need to receive special training beyond what they gained during their schooling.
Because most eye doctors don’t receive training in vertical heterophoria, they don’t know what symptoms to look for, and they usually miss it. They also lack the equipment needed to perform the specialized testing.
The Neuro Visual Examination used to test for vertical heterophoria involves a 2-3 hour process that utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to measure minuscule misalignments in your eyes that a typical eye exam would usually not be able to detect. Dr. Cheryl Israeloff at the Neuro Visual Center of New York has the specialized equipment and training to properly perform a comprehensive Neuro Visual Examination.
We Offer Effective Treatment
The Neuro Visual Center of New York uses specialized aligning prismatic lenses to treat vertical heterophoria and other binocular vision dysfunctions. Our custom lenses are made to our very exact specifications in order to provide effective treatment. Our treatments have proven to drastically reduce or even eliminate symptoms of vertical heterophoria. Call us today at (516) 224-4888 to schedule an appointment.