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Routine Eye Exam or Neurovisual Exam?

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Do you find yourself complaining about blurry vision, unable to read road signs, or enjoying books you love? Do you occasionally get headaches or notice yourself squinting often to see things more clearly? You more than likely need a routine eye exam. Most people know how this exam works, the optometrist checks for common eye disorders, checks the basic health of your eye, and sends you with a prescription lasting 1-2 years. According to The Vision Council, in December of 2015, 188.7 million Americans are wearing some sort of vision correction. It is not uncommon to have a visual issue whether it be nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Common symptoms of a visual issue are blurry vision, headaches, flashes/floaters, any sudden changes in your vision. While these symptoms are seen by Optometrists every day, you may be experiencing different symptoms that you may not even know are related to your eyes!

Ask yourself this: do you experience any of the following?

  • Migraines
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Neck pain
  • Cutting corners/ running into things often

As shocking as it may sound, these could all be related to your eyes. Those are just a few symptoms of binocular vision disorder. If it sounds like you can relate to any of these, we recommend you come in for a Neurovisual Exam with Dr. Kathryn Collins. This questionnaire will ask you a series of questions, which once completed will be scored, so we can see how severe your symptoms are. (There are no right or wrong answers, just how you feel day to day. Everyone is different.) Once we get your results, we will schedule an examination. This exam will look for vision disorders such as, Binocular Vision Dysfunction, vertical heterophoria or convergence issues. BVD, is when your eyes have trouble working together due to misalignment. You may check out our Neurovision website for more information on BVD.

During the Neurovisual exam, Dr. Kathryn Collins will do in depth tests that will give her answers that cannot be determined during a routine eye exam. If BVD is diagnosed during your exam, the doctor will come up with a treatment plan which usually includes prescribing special prismatic lenses which will help correct the misalignment in your eyes.

If any of the above symptoms seem to be causing a disturbance in your everyday life, or if you have any questions for us, give us a call at (717) 568-0058.

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