The most satisfying part about specializing in neurovisual disorders is having the opportunity to help those who feel helpless, who’ve lost hope that anyone will ever be able to help them and have resigned themselves to a life of pain and discomfort. Being able to tell someone like this that I can help them is an incredible feeling. In this regard, I would like to share a wonderful testimonial that I just received from a young patient. These stories are why I enjoy this work so much!
An Off-Balance Life
“When I was younger, I never had headaches, but my balance felt off, I felt crooked. Then I started to get headaches at the end of the last school year. We went to a lot of doctors until my pediatrician said to go to the eye doctor. I was suffering academically and socially because the headaches got worse and they were constant. They rarely let up. The morning was the worst, I woke up nauseous every morning. This went on for about 3 months. Then I went to Dr. Israeloff. We never thought it was my eyes because my eye sight was always fine!”
“What a wonderful surprise to find out there is a name (Vertical Heterophoria) and a cure – a pair of prism glasses. No more headaches. I see better in general. My hand eye coordination improved. I don’t feel sick anymore. The glasses are great – I love my new look.”
Understanding Vertical Heterophoria
Vertical heterophoria is a type of binocular vision disorder that arises when the eyes are out of position. Even the smallest misalignment of the eyes can lead to the eye muscles being strained and overworked as the brain struggles to get everything realigned. This is what caused the headaches that the patient described in her testimonial, though headaches are by no means the only symptoms. Dizziness is also common, and either symptom can be brought on from things as simple as standing up to too quickly, moving your head back and forth, driving on a curvy road or even riding in the passenger’s seat of a car.
All too often, patients like this young lady suffer for years with no help in sight because many doctors aren’t trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of a binocular vision dysfunction, and end up misdiagnosing the patients as having migraine disorder, vertigo or an inner ear disorder. Fortunately for my patient, a discerning doctor sent her in the right direction, and I had the privilege of giving her the help she needed.
Get the Help Your Child Needs
At the Neuro Visual Center of New York, we make it our mission to assist those suffering from binocular vision disorders in getting their life back and returning to 100% functionality. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of VH, call us at (516) 224-4888 to find out if a pair of aligning prismatic lenses may be the answer to your (eye-related) problems.