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Does Your Head Hurt? You Might Have Binocular Vision Dysfunction

headache womanHave you been struggling with headaches or migraines with little to no relief? If so, you might  be suffering from Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD).

A standard eye exam generally won’t identify BVD. That’s why it’s important to consult a neuro-optometrist if you’re experiencing headaches or migraines.

What is Binocular Vision Dysfunction?

Binocular Vision Dysfunction is a condition where your eyes are misaligned, leading the eye muscles to strain when trying to transmit one clear image to your brain. This can result in head pain, migraines and several other symptoms. If the problem is BVD, a neuro-optometrist can diagnose the condition and provide effective treatment.   

Common Symptoms of Binocular Vision Dysfunction

People with BVD typically experience some of these symptoms: 

  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Double vision
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Eye strain
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Reduced attention span and concentration difficulties
  • Shadowed, overlapping or blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Motion sickness
  • Poor depth perception
  • Neck, upper back or shoulder pain

If BVD is the cause of your symptoms, there are several treatments including specialized prismatic optical lenses, syntonic phototherapy, and vision therapy.  This then enables you to regain alignment and solve the problem.  

Learning Disabilities and Reading Symptoms

Even a slight misalignment of the visual system can make learning and reading more difficult.   Symptoms include: feeling tired while reading of after reading. Words may blend together, and you may skip lines or lose your place while reading. 

A routine eye exam typically will not diagnose BVD, so if your child complains of headaches and is struggling with schoolwork, it is important to see the help of a behavioral, developmental, or neuro-optometrist.

Treating Headaches and Binocular Vision Dysfunction

Unlike standard eyeglasses, BVD lenses are specialized aligning lenses that allow your eyes to work together. Once your eyes are working together, the brain will receive one clear image. This may be sufficient to solve the majority of your problem.  The eye muscles will then be able to relax and release the tension that can cause headaches and migraines. We can help you treat and solve these problems so you no longer have these symptoms.

If you suffer from headaches, you may have BVD or another vision problem. Schedule a vision evaluation at Family Eye Care as soon as possible. The earlier we identify a vision problem, the sooner you can receive a comprehensive treatment plan to achieve clearer and more comfortable vision. 

Family Eye Care serves patients from Old Bridge, East Brunswick, Woodbridge, Edison, and throughout New Jersey.


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