Dizzy being both Nearsighted & Farsighted

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Jay, Sep 21, 2003.

  1. Jay

    Jay Guest

    I am looking for opinions on this one or if anyone else has seen this
    problem. Thanks in Advance.

    I've been dizzy for the last 4 months, in my 40s and I am nearsighted
    in one eye and farsighted in the other. I have been wearing glasses
    for 20 years. Ophthalmologist says my vision has not changed in years.

    Reading, computer work, driving all seem to make me dizzy. To clarify,
    the dizziness can be best described similar to how your brain feels
    when you put on someone's glasses with a way different perscription
    and go "Whoa". It's like a brain jolt if that makes any sense. This
    feeling happens sometimes when I shift or change focus of my eyes
    whether I am wearing glasses or not.

    Being outside seem to make the problem get better. Closing one eye
    seems to make the problem better. Oddly when closing my eyes at night
    lately I still have the "Whoa" feeling when my eyes move sometimes.

    I have gone through a number of tests (CT scan, MRI, EEG, etc.) all of
    which have come back normal. The only thing that was found so far was
    by my ophthalmologist which was high eye pressure (20 something) and
    has scheduled a field vision test. Both my ophthalmologist and
    neurologist recommended seeing a neuro-ophthalmologist which I have
    scheduled next month.
    Jay, Sep 21, 2003
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    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    (Jay) wrote in
    Try some contacts.

    Dr. Leukoma, Sep 22, 2003
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    drfrank21 Guest

    Speaking from personal experience (my own dizziness and dysequilibrium
    resulted from a failed middle ear surgery causing catastropic damage to
    the acoustic cranial nerve) dizziness is commonly a central brain
    (arteriosclerosis) or peripheral (inner ear) such as labyrinthitis.
    It could possibly be ocular but you stated that you still get the feeling
    when you close your eyes. So an eye muscle imbalance or similar is poss-
    ible but not all that likely. Intraocular pressure that you stated (20
    something) would not, at least in my experience, cause dizziness,

    You're doing everything right though with whom you're seeing. My only
    recommendation is to consider a visit with an neuro-otologist (or ENT if
    an neuro-otologist is not available) as well
    as the neuro-opthalmologist to rule out any problems with the inner ear.
    Best of luck.

    drfrank21, Sep 22, 2003
  4. Jay

    Jay Guest

    (Jay) wrote in message
    Thanks for the the info. I will run the contact idea past my doctor
    and also consider the neuro-otologist. I do have pressure in one ear,
    but I am fairly certain eye movement causes my dizziness. My eyes seem
    to move quite bit before I go to sleep at night. I have the same
    feeling then that I do during the day when I am dizzy. Could be just a
    carryover from the daytime stress on my eyes.
    Jay, Sep 25, 2003
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    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    (Jay) wrote in
    Yes, well it could be the inner ear, because the vestibular system has
    connections to eye movements. Patients with labyrinthitis or Meniere's
    disease often have vertigo in bed.

    Dr. Leukoma, Sep 25, 2003
  6. Jay

    Jay Guest

    DrG - That is very good to know. I have been brushing aside my ear
    problem as something minor. Started a 1.5 years ago after being on a
    very long and loud conference call with a headset. I've had my hearing
    and ear pressure checked since then. My only symptom from the ear is
    like the feeling someone has their finger in my ear. My hearing is
    fine, just feel the pressure. Since the dizziness started a year
    later, I didn't think the two were related. Thanks for your advice.
    Jay, Sep 25, 2003
  7. Jay

    Jay Guest

    Well, you guys were right. Went to the neuro-ophthalmologist who
    seemed certain it was some kind of ear trouble and wasn't sure why
    both my neurologist and ophthalmologist recommended I see him. He
    recommended I see a neuro-otologist.

    He checked my eye pressure and gave me a visual field test - both were
    Jay, Oct 21, 2003
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    drfrank21 Guest

    Let us know what the neuro-otologist finds. Your initial description
    of your symptoms did not really fit a visual/ocular etiology and I'm not
    sure why this avenue wasn't suggested early on.

    drfrank21, Oct 21, 2003
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