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Balance, Dizziness & Vision

Updated: Dec 6, 2020

Vision plays a extensive role in our ability to balance, orient ourselves in space, and process moving things in our environment. About twenty percent of the nerve fibers from the eye neural tracts (the neural fibers in the brain that connect to the eye) interact with the vestibular system (which is the parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements) The other major component in balance is the sensory information received through our joints and muscles.

If the vestibular system is damaged by disease, aging, head injury, or sometimes for no known reason, people with a vestibular disorder often experience extreme difficulty with balance and movement, as well as with their perception of space.

Common symptoms associated with vestibular disorders include:

  • Vertigo and dizziness

  • Imbalance

  • Vision disturbances

  • Hearing changes

  • Cognitive and/or psychological changes

Treatment for Dizziness

Balance problems related to vision is first aimed at correcting the cause for the disorder. A combination of neuro-optometric rehabilitative therapy and balance or vestibular therapy can be an effective treatment for reducing or fixing these symptoms. Here at Oasis Vision Rehabilitation, we work with many cases of vestibular disturbance, whether it be visual motion sensitivity, or vertigo. Dr. Sharma employs various therapeutic techniques aimed to rehabilitate patients with balance problems.

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