Vision & Vertigo

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I think I may have had a bit of Eureka moment and it involves my wife finding a pair of my old glasses and I’ll tell you what happened in a minute.

When this balance issue kicked off for me back in 2009, I was convinced my eyes were playing me up so I eventually got my eyes tested and got some new specs in about May 2013, which were stronger than my previous pair.

So about 12 months down the road and we are now in 2014 and I have been feeling generally worse so I decided to get my eyes tested again and my optician has prescribed some stronger lenses but luckily for me I haven’t yet rushed out and bought a new pair.

So my wife was clearing up and she came across a pair of my old glasses and should she chuck them out. Well lets put it this way, I’ve been wearing them for about a week now and I have been feeling a lot better for doing so.

And then it dawned that my optician (and perhaps this goes for all opticians) is hell bent on giving me 20/20 vision. One of my complaints for many years is that vision with my glasses is always TOO good, which might seem ridiculous, but do I want to see an ant from 20 yards away? Not really. Do I want to read all the small print on a poster from the other side of the room? No I don’t !!

I used to wear contact lenses years ago and I remember once having TOO good a prescription and everything was too clear, too sharp, too perfect I had to ask the optician to give me contact lenses with my old prescription.

and this is the exact same thing, my glasses have been TOO good and has been forcing my eyes to take in too much visual input. Now wearing my old glasses recently seems to have helped me big time and given my eyes some rest.

I think I’m on to something !!

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    Unfortunately, for me I am dizzy with or without my glasses. So, if you are dizzy without your glasses then it probably is VN or LAB and not an eyeglass issue. If not though you might be on to something! 
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    Hi Darren,hope you've nailed it for you,really do. I've had 3 eye test in 8 yrs only 1 was lens change at the begging 5 months after I had a virus,the second was a year before the balance began ,the last eye test was this January,no prescription change,

      I've been in glasses since I was late teens,but I will say I've never enjoyed that period when you get new prescription,takes days for your eyes to adjust to the new glasses ,my husband says the same.all the optition says is your eyes will adjust.

     I'd say keep with the old ones Darren if they make you more comfortable,I certainly would.

     My balance started after I went to an Osteopath for my sinuses,perfectly fine till that visit. Let's know how you go on with things interesting find hey xx

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      Well what a revelation.  \i have thought of this possibility myself,but can't really use it for me as i only wear glasses for reading and computer and my dizziness, like Marlene's started from something, ie a virus for me.  I know my ears/vestibluar system is involved and the reason my eyes play up more after the day's on the wane etc is cos they've been working so hard to keep me balanced.  There is a condition 'Visual Vertigo' so maybe look at that in your research.
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      I’ve looked into Visual Vertigo Gill which was what prompted me to get another appointment with the optician, in actual fact I changed my optician from the traditional type to Specsavers. They both looked at me cockled when I talk about visual vertigo, fluorescent lights, busyness, supermarkets and so on.

      Like you you Gill & Marlene, Deni and others here, I’ve had the virus, hence the VN, there is no getting away from that but as a result it has made my eyes over sensitive. I’m pretty sure it’s not Visual Vertigo Gill because the eye thing came later on.

      It’s early days and I’ll keep you all posted but I am hoping that if I can rein my eyes in and take the pressure off them something positive might happen.

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    Yes Darren i am with you on the eyes being oversensitive after al the time we've had this.  I put this to the consultant at Moorfields and she just looked at me blankly as if i was talking Chinese!  She more r less said, go to ENT and i had to say for the umpteenth time, I have had 4 years of ENT!!!!  Have you heard of these Prism glasses you can get that helps your eyes to focus better?  I read about them somewhere (apparently opticians do them), but can't remember where i read about them now.  Why are they never mentioned???  Have a look (if you haven't before) at this website:- NORA - Balance and Illusions of movement. and et me know what you think.
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      Yes I’ve heard of prism glasses. I think they are used to sync your eyes as sometimes one eye might be tracking an object slightly different to other one and cause double vision or something. I’ve had my optician test me for this last year and he said I didn’t need prism lenses.

      I’ve just looked at that website and this paragraph, and the symtoms ticks all the boxes for me but is it the root of our problems or just coincidence?

      “Aneisokonia

      Aneisokonia is a condition where an excessive difference in prescription between the eyes causes a significant difference in magnification of images seen between the eyes. When this magnification difference becomes excessive the effect can cause disorientation, eyestrain, headache, and dizziness and balance disorders. Treatment is with contact lenses, or special magnification size matched lenses called isokonic lenses.”

      ...so I don’t know what to think sorry Gill… !

      I’m going to try these old glasses for a few weeks and see how I get on and I might even get some contact lenses and see what they do :-)

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    Yep agree Darren - it's a bit of a puzzle,, especially when we are dealing with so many different 'specialists' and none of them amalgamate to see the whole picture, ('scuse the pun!).  my eyes are different as i had a cataract done in the right one some years back and the other one has the begininngs of one starting, but that won't get done til it's 'ripe' as they say. (awful expression, makes me think of plums for some reason!), prefer 'ready'.
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    Talk about Eureka moment.  Quick story, i began having severe bouts of vertigo, the room would spin out of control for hours with hours of recovery time.  i was a prisoner in my house, could not do anything.  no doctor had any definitive answer, primary doctor, neurologist, ENT.  i have been out on disability but i have begun some experimentation with the information i have that seems to bring it on. One more thing, i have glasses but usually wear contacts.  i am 46 so i need some cheater glasses to read many things

    i would get it in the morning while i was working from home and i take my cheaters on and off based on what i was doing.  i'm an accountant and work in front of a computer.  two days and one day prior were my first "episode" free days so i started thinking, what was the difference.  this morning i got out of bed and purposely started working taking my cheaters on and off.  i felt an episode coming on so i stopped working and the symptoms passed. 

    i read the posts and what gillian72726 said about Aneisokonia.  When i put my cheaters on it creates an excessive difference in prescription between the eyes causes a significant difference in magnification of images seen between the eyes. When this magnification difference becomes excessive the effect can cause disorientation, eyestrain, headache, and dizziness and balance disorders.

    i also agree with you dizzydarren about TOO good of a prescription.  i have prescription reading glasses at work and take them on and off and i don't have this problem BUT those glasses do NOT fix the reading things close up.  they fix things enough but not totally like cheaters.

    i have left a message with my physical therapist but so many things you guys said makes sense in my case. 

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    Hello,  I came across this blog while searching for answers about lightheaded feeling with reader cheaters.  I also have the problem which is causing me great anxiety, been to 2ENT's , cardiologist , PCP many times.  It is f comfort knowing others share this issue and the anxiety is lessened knowing.  Hoping you see this and update you progress.  

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    I have a similar problem in that I am currently suffering from dizzines, light headedness and violent sickness.

    I used to have extreme short sightedness in my left eye and long vision in my right.

    I have had just cataracts in both eyes treated and as a result have 20:20 vision in both eyes. However this means that I needed reading glasses. The new spec resulted in my combined vision when viewing a computer screen caused the screen to look trapezoidal, slightly less tall than the right or the otherway round. This at first was disconcerting and made me feel ugh! The optician didn't seem bothered other than to say that it was a matter of getting used to it. 

    My wife thinks I spend too much time on the computer and reckons that that might contribute to my dizzyness and nausea.

    However my doctor checked my stomach and observed inflammation caused by a blood thinner medication, clopidogrel, which clearly must contribute to the nausea but not necessarily the dizziness.

    I was taking an anti-depressant, sertraline, which I am in the process of trying to come off. It is possible that this is contributing to the problem. I take a number of heart tablets and we have been trying to see if reducing these in stages, one at a time, will resolve the problem. I have just stopped one of them, candensartan reducing it from 16mg down to 2mg and now zero. We are waiting a few days to say how that works before trying to increase a dose of lansaprole, a proton pump inhibitor, since that was prescribed for the upper stomach problem.

    Lee Shipton.

     

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      Lee , I wonder if your wife is correct?! I was wondering the same thing about myself.  All day at work and then I get home and spend much of eve. on iPad??!!  I just had my new reading glasses adjusted today by optician.  It's horrible feeling. The optician stated that because r eating glasses are on and off much of the day, the brain has difficult time adjust. I might add that I tried some anti anxiety meds last year, first week was terrible, dizzy, lightheaded I never could adjust to it and had to wean off of only 5 mg of escitalopram it took months another bad suggestion by Doctor that I agreed too.  So some of you feelings may be due to meds too. Anyway thanks for sharing your symptoms😌😌

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