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Vertical heterophoria is a binocular vision disorder (BVD). It often causes symptoms that would not be normally associated with an eye problem, making it difficult to diagnose and manage. Read on as Dr. Sonneberg from NeuroVisual Specialists of Florida and iSee VisionCare talk about this problem in detail.

What Causes Vertical Heterophoria

To see clearly, both eyes need to be in perfect vertical and horizontal alignment. If your eyes are even slightly misaligned, two slightly different images will be sent to the brain rather than one image. The brain rejects double images, forcing your eye muscles to work overtime to correct the problem. Eventually, this causes your eye muscles to become fatigued and strained, leading to vertical heterophoria.

Your eye doctors for headaches with eye movement explain that vertical heterophoria is often present at birth and that heredity is a risk factor. A head injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI) can also cause this condition.

How It Affects You

The strain in your eye muscles can cause headaches and dizziness. Symptoms tend to be stronger when reading, driving, standing up abruptly after being in a seated position, or moving your head from side to side. Balance issues and nausea are also common.

How Vertical Heterophoria Is Managed

Because many of the symptoms of vertical heterophoria don’t appear to have anything to do with the eyes, the condition is often misdiagnosed as vertigo, a migraine or even a stroke. Fortunately, your eye doctors for headaches while reading, like Dr. Erin Sonneberg, OD, have the necessary skills, knowledge and equipment to accurately diagnose and manage this condition.

We’ll first perform a neuro-visual assessment to rule out other medical conditions, confirming vertical heterophoria. The standard treatment for this condition is aligning prismatic lenses, which can be incorporated into your eyeglasses. These special lenses help compensate for the misalignment between your eyes, reducing the strain on your eye muscles and alleviating your symptoms.

To learn more about vertical heterophoria, call us at (561) 733-9008 or complete our form. We serve Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth, FL.