Is dizziness a common experience for you, especially when you are in a large enclosed space like a supermarket or mall? Do feelings of anxiety plague you when in the middle of a crowd? If you answered yes to either of these questions, your eyes may be out of alignment, resulting in a visual disorder known as Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD).
BVD: The Leading Cause of Dizziness
Though many people aren’t aware of it, BVD is one of the primary causes of dizziness. This is unfortunate, as countless patients who have sought treatment for dizziness aren’t able to receive relief for their symptoms due to the simple fact that most medical doctors haven’t received training in this area, and also due to lack of the specialized equipment needed to diagnose binocular vision disorders.
To make matters worse, symptoms of anxiety and dizziness overlap with a variety of other medical and psychological conditions unrelated to vision, which increases the risk of misdiagnosis.
How Eye Misalignments Can Cause BVD
The visual system is made up of a number of complex and intricate parts, including the small but powerful extraocular muscles that direct the movement of the eyes. These are the muscles that help your eyes move in sync, keeping them in perfect alignment and allowing them to send to the brain properly aligned signals that can then be translated into one clear image, and ultimately preventing you from seeing double.
There are various factors that can cause the eyes to move out of alignment vertically, including eye injuries, genetics, concussion / brain injury, neurological conditions and strokes. The brain is able to correct this misalignment by directing the extraocular muscles to move the eyes back to the correct position, but this puts a great deal of strain on these muscles. As this realignment process continues over time, the eye muscles eventually become tired, sore and overworked. It’s at this point that the symptoms of BVD begin to appear, one of which is dizziness that can then lead to anxiety. Other symptoms include clumsiness, difficulty concentrating, shadowed or double vision, headaches and nausea.
Get Treated at Vision Specialists of Michigan
In order to diagnose Binocular Vision Dysfunction, you need to see a NeuroVisual Specialist at Vision Specialists of Michigan. Our doctors have the knowledge, experience and training required to recognize the signs of BVD, along with the necessary specialized equipment to positively diagnose this and other binocular vision disorders.
If you require treatment for dizziness, give us a call today at (248) 258-9000 to schedule a NeuroVisual Evaluation and learn about the aligning micro-prism lenses we use to correct BVD. You can also fill out a BVD questionnaire at your convenience.