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Dizziness and Balance Problems Related to Vision

Dizziness, vertigo and balance problems can all be caused by vision. This can happen after a concussion, a vestibular problem (like BPPV or vestibular neuritis), or even for no known reason. These vision problems respond very well to treatment, helping you regain your quality of life.

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Impaired Vision and Maintaining Balance

Maintaining balance is a complex process that is controlled by three different systems in the body:

The vestibular system is mainly located in the inner ear and is responsible for providing the brain with information about head position, spatial orientation, and motion

The visual system provides input from your eyes to your brain, and is the dominant system providing cues for maintaining balance and preventing dizziness

Proprioceptors in the legs and feet provide the body with a stable platform as well as information on movement and motion

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How Can Impaired Vision Cause Dizziness and A Balance Disorder?

If you’ve experienced sea or motion sickness, the common advice is to close your eyes. Doing this removes the impact of the visual system, and can alleviate nausea and dizziness. Any disruption in the eye-brain connection or the visual system can result in dizziness and balance problems.

Dizziness and Vision

When the eyes and inner ear are saying different things, a sensory mismatch occurs, causing dizziness. This can be caused by inner-ear (vestibular) conditions, vision conditions, or a mix of both. If a person has a vestibular condition like BPPV, Meniere’s, or a vestibular neuritis, their visual system will need to help compensate. Problems with depth perception or binocular vision (how the eyes work together) may become more apparent as the brain becomes more dependent on vision. Our proven 3-step approach has allowed us to help thousands of patients.

We are so confident in our approach we have a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee:

  • Determine any problematic areas of binocular vision or depth perception that are contributing to symptoms or preventing recovery. If applicable:
  • Improve these areas of function with lenses specially prescribed to improve depth perception, balance, and dizziness.
  • Use vision therapy to recalibrate how the vision and vestibular systems work together.
Balance Problems

Balance Problems and Vision

People suffering from a balance disorder can be stationary but feel as though they’re moving. Additionally, they may find it difficult to walk straight, especially after being in a sitting or reclining position and suddenly standing up.

Vision problems can make it challenging to maintain proper balance. When someone has troubled vision, and the eye muscles work harder to compensate for the decreased visual clarity, eyestrain, headaches, and balance disorders can occur. The most common causes of vision-related balance problems include:

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Blurry or double vision | Binocular Vision Dysfunction (eye teaming) | Concussion | Hemianopsia (blindness in one half of the visual field) | Nystagmus (involuntary and repetitive eye movements) | Spatial Disorientation | Vertigo | Visual Midline Shift Syndrome

What Is Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Therapy?

At Opto-mization, we provide neuro-optometric rehabilitation, a personalized program of weekly therapy sessions to improve, refine, or develop new or lost visual skills. This specialized treatment involves various techniques and exercises that improve your visual perception and processing, thereby strengthening the eye-brain connection.

Before the neuro-optometric rehabilitation program begins, you’ll undergo a comprehensive eye exam to assess visual skills and determine whether visual dysfunction is present. Aside from visual function and overall eye health, Dr. Cameron McCrodan or Dr. Scott Irvine will also check for eye coordination, blurry or double vision, and any other ocular condition that could be causing symptoms.

Once the cause of the condition is identified, we will recommend a customized treatment plan and treat it. In many cases, vestibular therapy will also be recommended to complement the visual treatment.

Vestibular therapy is a special type of physical therapy aimed at restoring correct balance to provide relief for symptoms of dizziness.

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Treatment for Vision-Related Dizziness and Balance Problems

Dizziness and balance problems often go hand in hand, and if a visual problem is at the root, a neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapist can offer help.

When Should You Seek Treatment?

It’s important to be evaluated by a neuro-optometrist as early as possible following even a minor brain injury. The sooner treatment begins, the greater the likelihood of success. That said, there is still hope for patients who suffer from symptoms caused by a head injury that occurred months or even years prior; we can still assess your situation and develop a course of treatment to help you recover now.

How We Can Help

If you or a loved one is experiencing any symptoms of dizziness or feeling off-balance, contact us for a consultation. Even if you’ve been told that your symptoms are stress-related, seasonal, or will fade on their own, having a functional visual evaluation can help rule out vision as the root cause or contributing factor to your symptoms.

It’s also important to note that not every optometrist is trained in this specialized field. Only a neuro-optometrist should assess and treat a post-TBI patient with neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy. We have the expertise and latest technology to provide you with the top-level care you deserve.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

No two patients are alike — if you’ve seen one head injury, you’ve seen one head injury. Each person experiences a unique degree of dizziness, balance issues, or vision problems. Some patients may require just a few weeks of treatment, while others may need something more long-term. The good news is that the improvements achieved by neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy are generally long-lasting.

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