Lightheadedness and BVD


If you feel lightheaded from time to time, you probably feel nervous engaging in daily activities. Driving, walking, and even standing up can throw you off balance. You want to get to the root of the problem, so you are researching different possibilities. During your research, you stumbled across binocular vision dysfunction or BVD. This condition can make you feel lightheaded in different situations, and once treated, you’ll be ready to embrace life once again. Learn more about BVD, along with the symptoms associated with lightheadedness.

What Is BVD?

Your eyes are designed to work as a team. To do this, both eyes need to be in alignment so they can send the brain clear and focused images. If your eyes aren’t in proper alignment, the images aren’t clear and focused. The brain causes the eye muscles to strain, forcing the eyes back into alignment, so it can receive clear and focused images. This is not sustainable, though, so the eyes go back out of alignment shortly thereafter. This continues to happen throughout the day and leads to various symptoms, including lightheadedness.

When Will You Experience Lightheadedness?

Some people with BVD feel lightheaded multiple times a day. For others, it only manifests occasionally. In both cases, though, the lightheadedness can reduce your quality of life.

If you have BVD, you likely feel lightheaded when driving or riding on the highway. The symptoms intensify as cars speed by, and you might begin to panic because you feel so out of control. If you have to go over a bridge or around a corner, the symptoms just get worse. It can get so bad that you feel like you’re about to pass out.

You also might feel lightheaded when you move your head up or down or side to side. Also, if you stand up quickly, you could lose your bearings and feel lightheaded. If you have BVD, you also might feel lightheaded when you enter large spaces that have high ceilings. This can be disorienting and cause lightheadedness. That can make a trip to the store more than you can handle.

Treatment for BVD

Fortunately, if you suffer from lightheadedness due to BVD, you can correct the problem with treatment. Treatment will put your eyes into alignment so they can work together. That means you won’t feel lightheaded or suffer any of the other symptoms any longer. Just imagine how nice it will be to drive, stand up quickly, or walk through large buildings without feeling lightheaded.

NeuroLenses are one of the most popular treatments on the market today. These prescription lenses align the eyes, so you no longer have to worry about suffering from symptoms.

Find Out If You Have BVD

If you think you have BVD, The Dizziness and Headache Optometry Center in Santa Barbara, California, is here to help. Begin by taking the binocular vision dysfunction self-test online. Then, come in for an in-person assessment. If you have BVD, you can get NeuroLenses and finally say goodbye to your symptoms.

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