Frequent headaches and chronic migraines can have a devastating impact on your quality of life, physically and mentally as well as socially. They make it extremely hard to focus on completing school and work assignments, which could lead to losing a scholarship or even your job. Friends and family often end up neglected as well, as you struggle just to get through the day.
If you suffer from chronic migraines and have yet to find a treatment that helps, it may be because you haven’t been properly diagnosed. This is something that Deandra, a patient at the Neuro Visual Center of New York, experienced.
“I suffered from migraines my whole life. So when it came to schoolwork and doing work on the computer, it was very difficult for me to focus because I always had really bad neck pain and my migraines, so it was hard for me to concentrate. With my new glasses, I’m able to do a lot more work because I don’t have the migraines as often. I have them maybe twice a month, where I was having them weekly. So I’m able to focus on my schoolwork and perform better overall.”
The Link Between Migraines & VH
The migraines and neck pain Deandra was experiencing were a result of vertical heterophoria, or VH, a binocular vision disorder caused by a vertical misalignment of the eyes. This misalignment in VH patients can be the result of a blow to the head that leads to post-concussive syndrome, or they may have just been born this way. Whatever the reason, when the eyes aren’t lined up properly, they are unable to send one clear image to the brain. Instead, they see two uneven images, which the brain corrects by using the extraocular muscles to force the eyes back into the right position.
While this action does allow patients to see clearly, it also puts a great deal of stress on the eye muscles, which become tired and overworked to the point that they start causing a variety of unpleasant physical symptoms. These may include sinus pain, pain when moving the eyes, difficulty concentrating, problems reading and, of course, migraines and neck pain.
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At the Neuro Visual Center of New York, our specialists use innovative aligning prismatic lenses to treat these symptoms, among others. To learn more about the benefits of our customized aligning glasses and perhaps even find the relief that you or a loved one have been seeking, contact us today at (516) 224-4888.