Are You Experiencing Nausea, Dizziness or Vertigo? It Can Be Related to Issues With Your Visual System

Are You Experiencing Nausea, Dizziness or Vertigo? It Can Be Related to Issues With Your Visual System in Olympia

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What Sorts of Issues can Cause Nausea or Dizziness?

Symptoms of nausea, dizziness, and vertigo when related to vision tend to occur following traumatic brain injuries, including mild concussions.

The body maintains balance through the cooperation of three separate systems.

The vestibular system is primarily located in the inner ear, and provides the brain with information about motion, head position, and spatial orientation.

Proprioceptors located in the legs and feet give the body a stable platform along with information on movement and motion.

Lastly, the visual system, most relevant for us, provides information from the eyes to the brain, and it is in fact the dominant system when it comes to staying balanced and preventing dizziness.

Conditions Which can Cause Dizziness or Nausea

An issue in the visual system can lead to conditions which cause balance-related symptoms. These include:

  • Incorrect prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Binocular vision disorder
  • Eye strain
  • Vertigo
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Nystagmus (involuntary and repetitive eye movements)
  • Visual midline shift syndrome
  • Hemianopsia (blindness in half of the visual field)
  • Traumatic brain injury

How Do Vision Issues Cause Dizziness and Balance Disorders?

The most common reason is that vision issues may cause a misalignment in the eyes, which can cause blurry or double vision. This in turn leads to eye strain as the brain attempts to properly merge the two separate images from each eye. This extra strain may cause extra stress on the eye muscles, causing them to shake, which can make one feel light-headed or dizzy.

Eye misalignment can vary greatly in severity, and in cases where it is a minor misalignment it can be missed in routine eye exams while still causing one to feel dizzy or nauseous.


How Do Vision Issues Cause Dizziness and Balance Disorders?
When Should You Seek Treatment?

When Should You Seek Treatment?

If you have recently suffered a traumatic brain injury, and especially if you are already experiencing symptoms such as dizziness or trouble balancing, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. The earlier treatment starts, the greater your odds at achieving the best possible results. However, even if treatment isn’t sought immediately, neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy can still greatly improve your condition.

When Should You Seek Treatment?

How are Vision Problems that Cause Balance Disorders Diagnosed?

The best way to determine if you are suffering from a vision disorder which is causing your balance issues or dizziness is to have a functional eye exam, conducted by a neuro-optometrist. Far more comprehensive in what it examines when compared to a standard eye exam, this exam will both help our eye doctor determine what the root cause of your problem is and enable them to start formulating a treatment plan.

How are Vision Problems that Cause Balance Disorders Treated?

Following your functional eye exam, which will assess the status of your eye health and your visual skills, our doctor will formulate a personalized treatment plan for you, designed to correct the underlying problems causing your dizziness or balance issues rather than simply treating the symptoms. 

Depending on the specifics of your condition, neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy may be utilized on its own, though vestibular therapy may also be recommended alongside.

Neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy is generally conducted in weekly therapy sessions, utilizing a variety of techniques and exercises designed to improve your visual skills to strengthen the brain-eye connection.

Oftentimes corrective lenses or prism lenses will be prescribed in addition to your therapy, which will allow for immediate improvements while therapy is being done. 

How Long Does Treatment Take?

The length of treatment varies on a case-by-case basis, depending on the specifics of your condition. What is constant, however, is the fact that improvements seen through this therapy are long lasting.

How Do Vision Issues Cause Dizziness and Balance Disorders?
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Symptoms like nausea, dizziness, and trouble balancing, are not always immediately associated with a vision problem, but vision issues can cause them. This can have a serious impact on daily life even in more minor cases. However, effective treatment, in the form of neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy, can be of great help. Contact us today to schedule a functional vision exam, so our eye doctor can determine the precise cause of your issue and devise a treatment plan. You can call (360) 491-2121 or Book an Appointment and we will be happy to help you. 

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Such a nice optician. My grandson is only 4 and needs glasses. We were so sad, but he explained the issues, and we will follow up as he suggested.

Anna P.

I had such a good experience with the clinic. Very friendly staff and doctor, did not have to wait for long to be called, and was treated respectfully. Thanks, American Family.

June S.

Dr. Zurcher has gone above and beyond what any other eye doctor has ever done to figure out what is going on with my eyes. Very happy with American Family Vision.

Christine R.

Family Vision Clinic changed our lives! My daughter was frequently car sick, and she was getting headaches every day, often painful enough that they brought her to tears. We saw a string of doctors and therapists, but we made no progress. Finally, we found Dr. Levi Zurcher and his eye therapist Rain. After ten weeks of eye therapy my daughter no longer gets headaches, and she no longer gets car sick. Daily tears are a thing of the past. I really can’t say enough about this clinic. It was fascinating to watch Dr. Zurcher work. For the first time, someone who knew what they were doing was intently studying my daughter, really trying to figure out all of her eye issues, and his therapist Rain is one of the most patient and lovely people that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. We’re finished with eye therapy—yay!—and I have switched to American Family Vision Clinic for all of my family’s other eye health needs.

Lars Wulff

Very professional, yet kind and helpful. They do what they can to make the appointment comfortable. I was running a bit late, I made sure ti call. They were able to switch me with a patient who was already there, they treated me with respect, and helped my son have confidence by getting him the eye care he needed that day. Thank you so much! Would recommend to anyone. It's a blessing that they care enough to work with people who have all different types of insurance from work to state coverage.

Justin E.

The staff is friendly. The Doc is very knowledgeable. The office is family friendly and everyone is so patient with the little ones.

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