Vision is a critical part of how the human body perceives and calculates balance. Many of the nerve fibers in the eye connect with the vestibular system, your body’s balance center. There are several common visual and balance issues connected to stroke, head injury, and vestibular dysfunction. At the Optometry Center for Vision Therapy, we offer vision therapy for vestibular balance disorders to help our patients with their dizziness and balance problems. If you or a loved one has been experiencing balance or coordination issues related to visual dysfunction, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with OCVT as soon as possible.
What Is the Vestibular System?
The vestibular system, which controls a person’s sense of balance, is controlled by the auditory, visual, and central nervous systems. If any of these three systems aren’t sending the correct signals, then the vestibular system may deteriorate, causing a person to experience vertigo, dizziness, and even motion sickness. If you experience these symptoms, a visual efficiency evaluation from OCVT may provide answers to the cause of your symptoms, and an individualized program of vision therapy could help remediate the concerns.
Vestibular Disorder Treatment
Vision therapy for vestibular problems is about improving the symptoms of inner ear imbalance and other disorders through vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT). OCVT develops a unique, individualized plan for each of our patients, which often includes an exercise-based therapy regimen to reduce symptoms like vertigo, gaze instability, imbalance, and dizziness. Vestibular imbalance treatment can help patients learn to compensate for any deficiencies, utilizing other parts of the nervous system to balance.
- Gaze Stabilization Exercises– This exercise helps improve control eye movements to clarify vision when moving your head. For many patients with dizziness and balance problems, their vision bounces around even when they are stationary.
- Balance Training– This form of therapy improves steadiness in daily activities, helping to restore balance. The exercises get increasingly difficult by manipulating different visual cues, movements, and tasks to train your visual system to compensate.
- Habituation Exercises– This treatment helps symptoms of dizziness that occur from self-motion or visual stimuli. Repeated exposure reduces dizziness over time, especially in patients who report dizziness when moving around quickly.
The doctors and vision therapists at OCVT will use these principle exercises and other forms of therapy to help treat your dizziness, vision, and balance problems. Schedule a consultation with our doctors today to determine the best treatment for you.
Make an Appointment with OCVT Today
The Optometry Center for Vision Therapy develops a specialized treatment program for our patients with vision and balance problems. While the vestibular system can’t necessarily be fixed, exercise treatments can train your brain to compensate for balance issues. Our team can help mitigate your vertigo, motion sickness, and dizziness. Use our assessment form to schedule an appointment and get on the path toward improving your vestibular issues. We’re devoted to finding the right treatment path for you and improving your quality of life. Contact us today to start the evaluation process and book a consultation.