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Can Bad Eye Vision Cause Dizziness?

If you have been feel­ing dizzy, dis­tract­ed or even dis­in­ter­est­ed in read­ing the mate­r­i­al before you, you might be expe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms asso­ci­at­ed with bad eye vision.

Although dizzi­ness can be expe­ri­enced for sev­er­al rea­sons, prob­lems with the eyes are often over­looked as the easy fix for cor­rect­ing your dai­ly bal­ance and com­fort and in every­day life.

Can bad eye vision cause dizziness?

Absolute­ly. While dizzi­ness can be caused by a num­ber of fac­tors, poor eye­sight and eye strain are two of the most com­mon cat­a­lysts for the dis­ori­ent­ing sen­sa­tion. Any­thing that requires the eye mus­cles to strain in order to accu­rate­ly aim at an object can lead to dizzi­ness.

What causes eye dizziness?

Eye dizzi­ness can be a sign of bad vision in need of cor­rec­tion, but it can also be caused by exces­sive tech­nol­o­gy use (espe­cial­ly con­sis­tent use with­out break).

What are symp­toms are asso­ci­at­ed with eye strain and dizzi­ness?

People who strain their eye muscles to see usually experience one or more of the following symptoms as well:


  • unsteady
  • light­head­ed
  • mis­per­ceived body motion
  • sen­sa­tion of “head swim­ming”
  • above symp­toms at rest, but espe­cial­ly upon rapid move­ment

PainFace ache

  • face ache
  • headaches
  • eye pain
  • eye pain dur­ing or after eye move­ment
  • neck pain
  • upper back ache upon head til

Vision problems

  • blurred vision
  • dou­ble vision
  • over­lap­ping vision
  • shad­owed vision
  • harsh glares or reflec­tions
  • light sen­si­tiv­i­ty

Vestibular disturbance

  • motion sick­ness
  • nau­sea
  • poor depth per­cep­tion
  • unsteadi­ness
  • drift­ing diag­o­nal­ly while walk­ing
  • lack of coor­di­na­tion

Reading difficultyReading difficulty

  • lack of con­cen­tra­tion
  • dif­fi­cul­ty read­ing
  • dif­fi­cult com­pre­hend­ing
  • skip­ping lines
  • los­ing place
  • words run­ning togeth­er

How can I feel less dizzy?

If you are feel­ing dizzy and you think it is eye dizzi­ness, make sure you have the right eye cor­rec­tion pre­scrip­tion. If you do and the prob­lem per­sists, work in more non-screen-time into your day. Make a paper book the first and last item you hold after and before sleep. If you spend a lot of time with your phone, but it down every twen­ty min­utes. If you work behind a com­put­er, use the 20/20/20 rule (this can be applied to phone use, too).

20/20/20 Rule

Every 20 min­utes, look away from your screen and at an object 20 feet away for 20 sec­onds.

Give your eyes a break

Rest your eyes as often as you can. As much as read­ing a news­pa­per feels like a lux­u­ry of time, it’s extreme­ly ben­e­fi­cial for your eye and brain health. Turn your phone down when­ev­er you are not in an urgent con­ver­sa­tion. Close the com­put­er at lunch and focus on the food. Once you start look­ing for oppor­tu­ni­ties to give your eyes a rest through­out the day, you’ll like­ly notice few­er symp­toms of eye strain and a high­er qual­i­ty of every­day life.

Feel­ing dizzy does not need to be a part of your life. If you have been feel­ing dizzy and you’re not sure why, con­sid­er a rou­tine eye exam. The body is clever in adjust­ing to the changes in our sens­es, so it can be dif­fi­cult to real­ize that your vision has wors­ened over time. A rou­tine eye exam will eval­u­ate the gen­er­al health of your eyes and mon­i­tor for any vision glitch­es or slip­pages that might be caus­ing the eyes to work hard­er than nec­es­sary and con­se­quent­ly, make you feel dizzy.

Reach out to our team at Dia­mond Vision for more infor­ma­tion. You can also make an appoint­ment at any of our loca­tions for a free con­sul­ta­tion to see if you are a can­di­date for laser eye surgery cor­rec­tion. We look for­ward to meet­ing you!


April 25th, 2018|Comments Off on Can Bad Eye Vision Cause Dizziness?

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.
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