With the extent to which technology now permeates our society, digital devices are being used more and more often at younger and younger ages. While these electronics have made our lives easier in many ways, such extensive screen use does come with drawbacks, like eye fatigue and strain from computer vision syndrome. Symptoms such as these could also signal the presence of Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD), a visual condition in which the eyes have difficulty working together as a team. Here are some other symptoms to look for that could indicate that you need to visit a NeuroVisual Specialist for a comprehensive NeuroVisual Examination.
Tired, Painful Eyes
When the eyes are out of alignment, the brain uses the eye muscles to force the eyes back into the correct position. Eventually, the eyes try to drift out of alignment again, after which the corrective cycle begins again. This continuous cycle of misalignment and realignment of the images in the eyes puts a great deal of stress and strain on the muscles, which is what causes sore, tired, strained eyes. If a NeuroVisual Exam diagnoses BVD, Vision Specialists of Michigan can provide help by treating these symptoms with aligning micro-prism lenses set in a pair of custom eyeglasses.
Frequent headaches and migraines are one of the most common signs of BVD. Many of those who suffer from these symptoms have been incorrectly diagnosed with chronic migraines or sinus headaches, yet are unable to find relief from the medications and treatments typically used for such conditions. If this has been your experience, a NeuroVisual Examination can help get to the bottom of the issue.
Nausea, Dizziness & Vertigo
Nausea, dizziness and vertigo can be caused by a variety of factors, which is why many people who suffer from frequent bouts of dizziness and nausea don’t realize that their eyes are at the root of the problem. If you get dizzy while driving, experience motion sickness or have trouble walking due to poor balance, or suffer from anxiety as a result of these symptoms, you could have BVD, and should consider scheduling a NeuroVisual Exam to find out.
People with BVD can also experience other visual problems such as blurred vision and shadowed or double vision. This can cause words to swim on the page, making it easy to accidentally skip lines and lose your place when you’re reading, causing you to really need to concentrate and focus on the words, making reading extremely difficult. If you begin experiencing these issues, a thorough NeuroVisual Exam may be needed.
Fortunately, in the patient with a vision dysfunction, all of these problems can be corrected with a specialized pair of eyeglasses from the doctors at Vision Specialists of Michigan. These glasses contain micro-prism lenses that work to correct the slight visual misalignments that result in BVD. Many patients’ symptoms are significantly reduced or even eliminated within a few minutes or hours of putting on their new glasses.
To find out more about how we diagnose and treat Binocular Vision Dysfunction, give Vision Specialists of Michigan a call today at (248) 258-9000, or start by filling out our online BVD questionnaire.