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Are Your Eyes Causing Motion Sickness?

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The Surprising Link Between Vision Issues & Motion Sickness

Do you often experience nausea, headaches, breaking out in a cold sweat or pallor as a result of riding in a boat or travelling in a car? Your eyes may be to blame for these miserable symptoms! Our Cedar Park eye doctor explains.

It Could Be Binocular Vision Dysfunction

Binocular vision dysfunction (BVD) can be the root of motion sickness. You can be born with BVD or it can be acquired as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussions.

Basically, in this condition one eye has moved slightly out of alignment with the other, causing the images your eyes see to be slightly out of position. In order to resolve this discrepancy, the brain forces your eyes to align, which greatly stresses your eye muscles. Eye fatigue results, along with the associated symptoms of dizziness and nausea.

If you have motion sickness, you are experiencing a major disconnect between your brain and visual system. Your vestibular system senses that you are moving, but the visual input sent to your brain is reduced.

Treatment Options for Vision Issues & Motion Sickness

If you have a functional vision problem, our Cedar Park eye doctor can custom-design a treatment program to help alleviate your symptoms. Personalized treatment may include vision therapy exercises and customized lenses.

If you suspect that a vision issue is causing your “seasickness” and compromising your quality of life, we can help relieve your symptoms of nausea and dizziness. On average, our vision therapy is able to reduce symptoms by about 80% by the end of treatment. Reach out to our eye doctors in Cedar Park to schedule a specialized neurovisual eye exam and consultation.

At Lakeline Vision Source, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 512-918-3937 or book an appointment online to see one of our Cedar Park eye doctors.

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