Suffering from constant or frequent bouts of dizziness or lightheadedness can be overwhelming, especially when treatments are not providing you with substantial relief. Being dizzy can be dangerous, making it difficult to complete even the simplest of daily tasks. Many of our patients have been previously diagnosed with inner ear or vestibular problems such as Meniere’s Disease, vertigo, vestibular migraine, psychogenic dizziness, Chronic Subjective Dizziness (CSD) or Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD) and have tried to get help. If you have attempted countless treatments, medications, and have seen multiple doctors and are still overwhelmed and looking for dizziness relief, what you may actually be suffering from is Binocular Vision Dysfunction.
Binocular Vision Dysfunction & Dizziness
In order to see clearly, your eyes have to be perfectly aligned and synchronized with each other. Binocular Vision Dysfunction is a condition where there is a vision alignment error leading to a very subtle misalignment of the eyes. This would lead to double vision if left unchecked, so the body corrects the error by overusing the eye muscles to realign the eyes. This creates a back-and-forth cycle of misalignment/realignment, which the brain interprets as “there is movement”, even though objects are still. This false perception of movement can cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded, nausea and unsteady walking, which are symptoms that are common to many of the conditions that these patients have been previously diagnosed with including:
- Meniere’s Disease: People suffering from Meniere’s Disease have problems with dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, unsteady walking and imbalance, and/or ringing in the ears. Many of our patients have been diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease because they present with similar symptoms due to their vision misalignment, and when treated with our vision aligning lenses, are able to find relief from dizziness.
- Vertigo: Patients who have been diagnosed with vertigo experience episodes of dizziness, being unbalanced, or feel as if they are spinning. This is caused by a problem within the inner ear. Typically, when a patient is experiencing vertigo their symptoms can be alleviated by traditional methods. However, if you have been experiencing dizziness and spinning and are unable to find relief, you may actually be suffering from Binocular Vision Dysfunction. Once you have been prescribed aligning lenses and are able to combat the vision misalignment cycle, you will experience significant relief from dizziness.
- Vestibular Migraine (or Migraine Associated Vertigo): Migraine headaches can be preceded by distorted vision which is called an aura. This aura is caused by spasms of the arteries in the visual region of the brain, causing decreased blood flow to that region, which causes the distorted vision. A similar mechanism occurs with vestibular migraine, where there is a spasm in the arteries of the balance centers of the brain, causing decreased blood flow resulting in dizziness. vestibular migraine is treated with medications that are used to treat migraines headaches including medications that decrease artery spasm, as well as anti-depressant medication. However, when your dizziness is actually caused by vision misalignment, traditional treatments for vestibular migraines may not help. Our specialized aligning lenses interrupt the misalignment/realignment cycle, allowing your eyes to be able to see one, clear image, thus removing the sensation of movement and providing you with dizziness relief.
- Psychogenic Dizziness or Chronic Subjective Dizziness or Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness: People with Binocular Vision Dysfunction have had previous evaluations that were unable to find the cause of the dizziness. When a person complains of a symptom where a cause cannot be found, the doctors may think there might be a psychiatric problem such as Psychogenic Dizziness or Chronic Subjective Dizziness or Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness. Almost all of our patients that were eventually diagnosed with Binocular Vision Dysfunction were told at one time that “it is all in your head; you are making this up; you are crazy”. Treatment with aligning lenses not only provides you with dizziness relief, it also validates your sanity to your doctors, family, and friends.
- Vestibular Disorders: The vestibular system includes your inner ear and parts of your brain which control your balance and your eye movements. When damaged, you can experience chronic dizziness and severe imbalance. However, when your dizziness and balance issues are actually caused by a vision misalignment, traditional treatments for vestibular disorders may not help. Our specialized aligning lenses allow your eyes to be able to see one, clear image, interrupting the misalignment/realignment cycle, thus removing the sensation of movement and providing you with dizziness relief.
Here at Vision Specialists of Michigan, we provide a thorough and comprehensive vision examination. Our compassionate doctors will utilize the results of your examination to determine the extent of your vision misalignment. To treat and alleviate your symptoms, we prescribe specialized aligning lenses. This treatment differs from your standard eye glass prescription by treating both your Binocular Vision Dysfunction as well as any additional vision impairments you have, allowing your eyes to work together. Once the misalignment/realignment cycle has been interrupted, the perception of movement resolves, providing you with significant dizziness relief.
Suffering from severe dizziness and lightheadedness not only prohibits you from performing the simplest tasks. It can also be dangerous. Let the doctors at Vision Specialists of Michigan help you with your Binocular Vision Dysfunction. Complete the screening questionnaire or contact us today to determine if we can help you experience dizziness relief.