Becoming dizzy while driving, as you’re surrounded by other cars whizzing by at high speeds, can be one of the most terrifying experiences imaginable. Dizziness while driving and the resulting anxiety that accompanies it are just a couple of the common symptoms of a binocular vision disorder known as Vertical Heterophoria (VH). VH is a misalignment of the eyes that can occur when there is a sharp, sudden blow to the head, such as you might sustain in a car accident or while playing sports. Consider the experience of one mom whose life was changed by a car wreck:
Mom With a New Lease on Life
“Life before the car wreck? Amazing. I was a super mom. I cared for my husband and four sons. Had a one-hour commute to my job as a nurse and worked a 40-hour week. I did it all with ease. At work I could remember everything without ever taking notes.
“After the car wreck in 2015, I was off work for nine months. The pain and anxiety were crippling. Driving was a nightmare. Eye contact with others made me uneasy. I had a real concern about returning to work and my ability to do my job.
“In 2017, a neurologist, Dr. Randall Benson, referred me to Vision Specialists. My husband and I drove 15 hours (each way) from Arkansas for my appointment. That first appointment is hard to describe. Instant relief. The drift in my walk straightened out and my pace picked up. My southern ‘manly man’ husband cried when he watched me instantly improve with the new glasses.
“It was the single best thing we did for me and my post-wreck care. We had spent thousands of dollars on other treatments – including injections, needles in my spine, trigger point injections, medications that didn’t help, hours on a heating pad, physical therapy – all offering only minimal relief.
“With my glasses I can drive without anxiety, read without strain, walk normally and, once again, live without anxiety. It is worth every single mile that we drove to get this help.”
Treating VH With Micro-Prism Lenses
At Vision Specialists of Michigan, our doctors are able to treat the symptoms of VH with specialized micro-prism lenses. These remarkable lenses work to realign the images seen by the eyes and to relax the extraocular muscles, which in turn significantly lessens the symptoms of VH and often makes them completely disappear. If you’re experiencing headaches, anxiety, dizziness and nausea which could indicate a binocular vision disorder, give Vision Specialists of Michigan a call at (248) 258-9000 or fill out our VH questionnaire. We’re ready and waiting to help!