Visual vertigo (or visual motion hypersensitivity) is a condition where symptoms are triggered or exacerbated in situations involving rich visual conflict or intense visual stimulation. This can occur when there is a sensory conflict or mismatch between the bimodal-processing of the visual system (how our brain answers “what is it?” vs “where is it?”), which negatively affects the relationships between the vestibular (balance) and musculoskeletal (body) systems.
Most people don’t realize how much vision contributes to balance. We understand that the vestibular system of the inner ear is the home of our balance system, yet most specialists and people do not think about vision. And yet, research has shown that vision can be much more than just a servant to balance. In a functional system it can completely override other sensory systems. Imagine what that could be like in a system that has been impaired.
But what happens if vision is inaccurate or visual processing is impaired? People often report dizziness, imbalance, motion sensitivity, tunnel vision difficulty distinguishing and processing central versus peripheral vision information. Optometric Vision Therapy can re-integrate sensory information to bring stability and comfort back to your life. Read more here.