The visual and vestibular systems are closely related both physiologically and functionally and people with dysfunction in one or both systems often report feelings of dizziness and/or vertigo. The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. Unmanaged vision and vestibular problems make balance, movement, and spatial perceptions extremely difficult. This can affect an individual’s ability to participate in life tasks, such as caring for oneself, going to school or work, playing sports and living independently.
Vestibular problems can be caused by a wide variety of injuries, illnesses and environmental conditions. Dizziness, balance problems and the sensation that the space around you is moving (vertigo) are some of the most commonly reported problems among those experiencing vestibular difficulties. Over 5 million Americans report symptoms severe enough to seek medical attention. The good news is that vestibular therapy can provide patients with a significant amount of improvement.
Vision is the primary human sense used for obtaining information about our environment. 90% of all learning comes directly from our visual system and visual dysfunction can have severe impacts on a patient’s lifestyle. Vision therapy is individualized to the needs of each patient and aims to develop or improve fundamental visual skills, improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency, and change how a patient processes visual information. Occupational therapy can address visual deficits such as diplopia or double vision, visual field loss, binocular deficits, and low vision.
If you or a loved one are experiencing Vision and Vestibular problems you can request an appointment with a Pro Staff Physical Therapist right on our website. No physician referral is required.