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"I have blurred vision when I move.. What could be causing this?"

March 31, 2023

Do you ever experience blurred or double vision when you move your head? If you have, then it may be a result of a problem with your vestibular-ocular reflex (VOR). The VOR is a crucial mechanism that stabilizes the eyes during head movements, which allows us to maintain clear vision even when we are on the move.

However, when the VOR is not functioning properly, our eyes may have difficulty maintaining fixation on objects during head movements, resulting in blurred or double vision. This condition is known as VOR dysfunction and can be caused by various factors, including head trauma, inner ear infections, or neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

If you suspect that your blurred vision is related to VOR dysfunction, it's important to seek professional evaluation from a healthcare expert who has experience in treating vestibular disorders. They can perform a thorough assessment to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment options.

The good news is that VOR dysfunction is treatable, and the primary treatment involves vestibular rehabilitation, a specialized form of physiotherapy that aims to retrain the brain to use alternative sources of information to maintain balance and clear vision. The therapy may involve exercises to improve the coordination of eye and head movements, as well as techniques to reduce symptoms of dizziness or vertigo.

In the meantime, there are some things you can do to manage your symptoms. It's helpful to avoid rapid head movements and focus on keeping your head and eyes still as much as possible. You can also speak with your healthcare provider about any medications or other factors contributing to your symptoms.

It's essential to take VOR dysfunction seriously because it can significantly impact your quality of life, making everyday tasks such as driving or reading challenging. However, with the right treatment, you can significantly improve your symptoms and regain control over your life.

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