Can Bad Eye Vision Cause Dizziness?

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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. One of our best centers is the Atlanta Lasik Eye Surgery Clinic. We look forward to meeting you! 


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