Balance and Dizziness:
Vision has a big role in our ability to balance, orient ourselves in space, and process the movement of things in our environment. About twenty percent of the nerve fibres from the eye neural tracts (the neural fibres 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 main part 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 reason, people with a vestibular disorder often experience extreme difficulty with balance and movement and with their perception of space.
Common symptoms associated with vestibular disorders include:
Vertigo and dizziness
Cognitive and/or psychological changes
Treatment for Dizziness
Balance problems related to vision are first aimed at correcting the cause of the disorder. A combination of neuro-optometric rehabilitative therapy and balance or vestibular therapy can effectively reduce or fix these symptoms. Special prescription lenses prescribed by the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrist often have relief.