Do you suffer from Vertigo and Dizziness?
There may be an underlying vision problem.
Do you find that the room begins to spin when you stand up, or your vision becomes blurry, or if you see double at times? There may be an underlying vision problem.
Vertigo can lead to broken bones and head injuries in people over 55. It can lead to head fractures and loss of cognitive function due to internal bleeding and brain injuries. Vertigo is a common complaint and at times, is an indicator that you are at risk of stroke. In the very least, vertigo can make you anxious and worried about what is happening.
Doctors may suggest that vertigo, dizziness or other balance problems are caused by something like:
- Ménière’s, vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis disease
- Low blood pressure
- Medications side effects
- Migraine and headaches
…or similar causes.
Often, there is an underlying Vision problem, that causes an imbalance between the visual input for each eye and how the brain puts that together with information from the vestibular (balance) system. The two systems have to work together. When there is a problems with eye coordination, and then visual perception, and integrating that with the visual system, the answer is Vision Therapy.
Vision Therapy addresses the underlying reason for the vertigo, dizziness, and balance issues. At times special prism eyeglass lenses can help and may be needed. These answers are completely natural and require no medications or surgery. Once learned, most or all of the problems are resolved.
Sometimes people think that vertigo and dizziness are a normal part of aging. It does not necessarily have to be, although these symptoms CAN become more pronounced as people get older.
An easy way to demonstrate how much your visual system impacts your ability to even just stand straight is to do this: Balance on one foot or put one foot heel-to-toe in front of the other. Do this with your eyes open first. Then do this with your eyes closed. What happened?
At times, Vertigo can be a result of another disease, such as Ménière’s, vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis. Often even doctors have no answers as to what causes these diseases. At times doctors say that Ménière’s causes vertigo and then state that vertigo is the main symptom of Ménière’s. There can be other reason that bring this about, such as trauma (for example, a car accident or a hit to the head), a stroke, or a neurological problem such as Lyme Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or Cerebral Palsy.
Many people have tried medications and surgery to address vertigo and dizziness, and it that has solved the problem, great. Unfortunately, few people benefit from vertigo medications and surgery. Side effects are common, and include.
- Dry mouth
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- And most ironically: DIZZINESS!!!
As symptoms become worse, it can impact driving, and the fear of driving. It can bring on a car accident. It can then lead to isolation.
It can be embarrassing if people stare when you go to a restaurant, for example.
Vertigo is attributed to several factors, but the most common one is a miscommunication between the balance system in the ears and eyes. Both the eyes (visual system) and ears (vestibular system) send information to your brain. When there is a mis-match between the two, that results in vertigo, dizziness, and balance issues.
That’s why people sometimes fall down when they close their eyes
It is common for people to tilt their head if they have a vertical imbalance. This is a sign that there is an underlying vision issue that impacts your dizziness and balance.
Look in the mirror. Is your head tilted? Do you sometimes feel a neck ache?
Your visual system inputs information from the world around you and sends that to your brain. Your brain then sends that information to the rest of your joints and muscles.
It skews the balance between your eyes and ears. Your ears feel like your body is positioned in one way while your eyes perceive your position in a different way.
Vision Therapy addresses input from your eyes and creates a better match with your vestibular system. You will find that your head will be rightly positioned. Your eyes and ears will more closely “agree” and you will then no longer feel the vertigo and dizziness. Vision Therapy addressed the underlying visual problem that is often at the core of balance problem.
The benefits are that you will be more self-confident because you are steadier on your feet.
This requires your input and only you can change your situation. This is not a quick fix and will require work on your part. It can however help you address that fear of falling down without a warning or dreading breaking a bone.
Vertigo doesn’t usually kill people, but thousands do die every year from head injuries after falling. Thousands more lose cognitive function due to internal bleeding.
If you have some or all of these symptoms, we can help. Family Eye Care is in Old Bridge, NJ. In addition to those ho live in Old Bridge, we help patients who live in the surrounding area that includes Aberdeen, Sayreville, East Brunswick, South Amboy, South River, Matawan, Monroe, Manalapan, Marlboro, and throughout Ne Jersey.
We offer TeleMedicine and TeleTherapy for those that have difficulty in physically visiting our office. You can reach us at 1-732-679-2020 or on our website: NJEyeSite.com