Did you know that 20 percent of people in the United States have binocular visual dysfunction (BVD)? It's a common condition where your eyes have trouble teaming up together to create one clear image. If you experience blurred vision, headaches, light sensitivity, dizziness, motion sickness, and anxiety, you may have BVD. This visual problem can make simple everyday tasks like reading, driving, or computer use difficult, significantly affecting your quality of life.
A surprisingly large percentage of people experience neck pain that inhibits their daily activities. Did you know that eye misalignment can lead to tension in the neck? Often, neck pain results from sleeping in an inappropriate position for your neck muscles. Sometimes, you may experience neck pain after a car accident.
NeuroVisual medicine is the term used to describe treatment for a very common visual condition called Binocular Vision Dysfunction. Known as BVD for short, this condition is characterized by the subtle misalignment of the eyes that prevents them from working together in perfect synchronization. NeuroVisual medicine is currently one of the few effective treatment options to successfully reduce and even eliminate the many different symptoms of BVD, including neck pain.
Depth perception describes the eyes’ ability to determine the distance between objects. Both eyes perceive the same object a bit differently and at a different angle. The brain is able to merge both images into a single 3-D image in a process called stereopsis. This information allows one to determine how far the objects are, as well as how far apart they are from each other. People with poor depth perception lack the ability to process the information correctly.
Are you experiencing blurred or double vision? Twelve various eye muscles coordinate your eyes’ movements and position your focus on the visual target. If one of the muscles gets somewhat weak, you might experience headaches, double vision, or eye strain. If your eye doctor detects frailty in your eye muscles, they can add a prism to your usual lenses to ease the strain on your eyes.
Double vision, or diplopia, is a condition causing you to see two overlapping or separate images of the same object. Double vision can turn simple tasks into challenges. The act of reaching for a glass of water can be difficult when you see two glasses instead of one. If you suffer from double vision, you might experience poor depth perception. It affects your ability to drive, read, and play sports. The condition can interfere with your quality of life.
Many individuals who experience migraines also have problems with vertigo and vision. These symptoms can be quite scary. With the right treatment, however, they can disappear or get better. Many different factors can cause dizziness and headaches. Fortunately, complementary therapies, medications, and lifestyle changes can help reduce migraines and their related symptoms.
Eye allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis, are fairly common and occur when the eyes come into contact with a substance that your immune system perceives to be harmful. This substance is known as an allergen. When an allergen reaches the eyes, the body produces chemicals called histamines to protect you. It’s the release of these histamines that causes the symptoms that are commonly associated with an allergic reaction. Living with eye allergies can be frustrating, but there are things that you can do to minimize the likelihood of you experiencing a reaction. There are also treatments that can alleviate your symptoms.
A normal cornea is dome-shaped and looks like a ball. The cornea is the front surface that shields the interior of the eyeball. But, sometimes, its structure thins out and is no longer able to hold the round shape. The result is an outward bulge giving the cornea a cone shape. This condition is called Keratoconus. It affects both eyes, but usually, one is more affected than the other.
Safety on the roads doesn’t only depend on the condition of the vehicle you are driving or the weather conditions. Driving also requires exceptional visual skills. You need to be able to see objects in front of you and around you and respond quickly to them – for example watching and anticipating another vehicle changing lanes or pulling out of a side road in front of you, having enough peripheral vision and awareness to know when another vehicle is going to overtake you, or watching for pedestrians, bikes and other hazards. As such, it’s not surprising that most countries require drivers to meet certain visual standards in order to legally get behind the wheel.