“I feel off.”
“I’ve been dizzy for years, but doctors can’t figure it out.”
Have you ever said something like this to yourself? Many people don’t realize that “dizziness” is more than just the head-spinning sensation most of us have come to equate with the term. Dizziness actually encompasses several different conditions, the three primary types being:
Disequilibrium: Feeling unstable or experiencing a rocking feeling while walking.
Lightheadedness: Feeling like you’re going to faint. Frequent lightheadedness could be a blood pressure or heart rate problem.
Vertigo: Feeling like the world is spinning. This is usually a sign of a vestibular (inner ear) problem, and severe attacks can lead to other types of dizziness.
How Vertical Heterophoria Can Lead to Dizziness
Headaches and dizziness are often experienced together, along with motion sickness and nausea. While some patients may experience only one or two of the different types of dizziness, others are inundated with all of them. Each type can be caused (or made worse) by a condition called Vertical Heterophoria (VH).
Your eyes have to be perfectly aligned in order for the two separate images from each eye to merge into one. When this alignment is thrown off, the body corrects it by forcing the eye muscles to move the eyes back into the correct position. This overworks the eye muscles to such an extent that they become strained and extremely fatigued. It’s at this point that the often-debilitating symptoms of anxiety, motion sickness, nausea, headaches and dizziness appear.
Making Time for Our Patients
One thing many doctors don’t take to time to do is really listen to their patients. This may be why dizziness is so often misdiagnosed as another condition. Many of the patients we’ve seen for VH have previously been diagnosed with one of these conditions:
Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness
At Vision Specialists of Michigan, our patients are not rushed in and out. Our NeuroVisual Examinations are approximately 80 minutes in length, which gives us plenty of time to conduct a thorough, comprehensive examination. We want to learn what’s going on with the patient and his or her symptoms, and look for patterns that can help with diagnosis. We are then able to treat the long-term dizziness that many patients have been suffering from for years by prescribing special aligning prismatic lenses to provide long-awaited relief.
Schedule a NeuroVisual Examination
If dizziness and the other symptoms of VH are making your life miserable, you need to see the doctors at Vision Specialists of Michigan. Give us a call today at (248) 258-9000 to schedule your own NeuroVisual Exam.