Vertical Heterophoria: How It Affects You
Dizziness, lightheadedness, balance problems, anxiety, migraines – if these have become symptoms you know all too well, you might suffer from Vertical Heterophoria (VH), a Binocular Vision Dysfunction caused by a very small misalignment of your eyes. But dizziness while driving might not be your only symptom. Other symptoms can include:
- Sensitivity to bright lights & glare, such as headlights, traffic lights, street lamps and signage
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Problems with depth perception
- The feeling that things in your peripheral vision are moving when they really aren’t
- Dizziness when riding as a passenger, particularly in the back seat
What Causes Vertical Heterophoria?
It is the rare person who has the right and left the side of their face looking identical – almost everyone has asymmetry. This means that one eye is higher than the other (obvious in a few, but almost imperceptible in most others), and sees an image slightly higher than the other eye. Your brain does not tolerate this misalignment and forces the eye muscles to realign the eyes so that one clear image is formed. Unfortunately, this ends up putting a lot of strain on your eyes, causing them to become overworked and fatigued, leading to symptoms that can disrupt your life.
How is Vertical Heterophoria & Your Dizziness While Driving Treated?
People with Vertical Heterophoria are often incorrectly treated for migraines or vertigo, rather than the actual issue of vision misalignment. Many people end up living for years with discomfort, not knowing what is causing their dizziness while driving all because they never took the test to get help.
When your vision is misaligned, specialized realigning eyeglasses need to be prescribed to provide treatment and relief. There’s no need to have dizziness while driving. Let’s get you back on the road and back to feeling safe and comfortable.