For those with a binocular vision disorder known as Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD), driving can be a nightmare. Patients who suffer from BVD often complain of motion sickness or feeling dizzy while driving. Dr. Debby Feinberg affirmed these are two of the most common symptoms of the condition in a video she shared on the topic.
How BVD Affects Driving
Patients who see Dr. Debby, including young children, often describe feelings of discomfort on a swing or a circular ride at the fair. They frequently feel discomfort in the car as well, especially riding in the back seat. BVD patients tend to feel better in the front seat but when they get to be adults, they often insist on being the driver, as this gives them a sense of control and helps them focus better.
For some people, having BVD can make driving stressful, scary and dangerous, not only to the driver but to the passengers in the car and the other drivers on the road. When such patients are driving down the highway at high rates of speed, they often experience motion sickness and even dizziness. They don’t feel that they’re in control of their vision, which understandably makes them very anxious. Some people don’t even realize it’s their vision that’s causing the problem – they just start to get panicky and feel an urgent need to get off the road.
While it’s enough for some to pull to the side of the road and take a deep breath, others feel so unsafe that they’re not even sure they can make it all the way home. Even after making it out of the car safely, it can take a couple hours to recover from these symptoms.
What Causes Motion Sickness While Driving?
When the eyes are synchronized, we can usually handle seeing images move in our peripheral vision. If our eyes are out of alignment even slightly, however, we start picking up those images in our peripheral vision, which is very disorienting and disrupts the ability to stay focused on the road. Many BVD patients say that they won’t drive on highways, nor do they take the interstate. Instead, they become familiar with the back roads so they can take a slower path to their destination that allows them to control the speed.
When patients receive the right corrective treatment with aligning micro-prism lenses, along with having the support of compassionate doctors and specialists, they quickly begin to feel better as their symptoms go away. They are then able to get back in the car and once again drive on the faster roads – or do so for the first time.
Get Help From Vision Specialists of Michigan
If driving on highways and interstates makes you feel sick, anxious and scared, you may have BVD. This means you need to have a NeuroVisual Examination performed by one of the experienced doctors at Vision Specialists of Michigan as soon as possible. Give us a call today at (248) 258-9000 to schedule an appointment and receive treatment for dizziness and motion sickness. You can also fill out our online BVD questionnaire.