For many, vision refers to clarity of sight, or what is commonly known as 20/20. However, visual function expands so much further beyond simply clarity of sight. One of the other sensory areas in which vision is highly integrated with includes the vestibular system or the system that tells us where our head is in space.
Vision and vestibular systems work closely together to both stabilize vision as well as provide balance for our bodies as we move through space. The “eye to ear” connection is known as the vestibular ocular reflex (VOR). Proper integration and function of the VOR system allows us to accurately assess where we are in space, how we can properly move through space, and how our vision can maintain stability as our bodies and head move side to side and up and down.
Deficits in the connection between vision and vestibular systems can occur after a concussion or traumatic brain injury. In fact vision issues occur in up to 90% of individuals after a concussion, and vestibular deficits occur in up to 70%.
Common symptoms of vision-vestibular dysfunction include
- Motion sickness
- Sensitivity to moving targets
- Not feeling grounded or feeling “off”
- Balance issues especially in visually-busy places
- Poor eye tracking
If you or a loved one experience any of the above symptoms, a Neuro-Vision Evaluation conducted by a Neuro Optometrist is the only means of getting a clear and accurate diagnosis. If you’re interested in better understanding the seriousness and severity of the symptoms you or a loved one are experiencing, we encourage you to take our Vision Symptom Quiz.
At NVTI, we take a multi-sensory, holistic approach to your evaluation and treatment of vision-vestibular dysfunction. The dysfunction is often treated through the techniques used in neuro-optometric vision therapy. For complex vestibular conditions unrelated to disorders of vision, Dr. Talaber refers for further assessment.
If you have any questions about how vision vestibular therapy may benefit you or your condition, please contact our office or schedule a free consultation with Dr. Talaber below to learn more.