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What Is Visual Vertigo
Vretigo from vision: Some people, myself included, can get vertigo and dizzy from looking at things that are moving rapidly. An example of this are the high definition video games that people play. If the characters in the game move rapidly from place to place, up and down, it can make you dizzy and nauseous. Reading your cell phone in the car can also make you very dizzy. The eyes are hard wired into the inner ear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dizziness: Vertigo is a medical term describing a symptom. It is characterized as a sensation of spinning. So, if you go to your doctor and say you are spinning and dizzy and he/she says you have vertigo, all they have done is give a fancy medical name to what you just described. The thing to always ask, and should be explained, is that the vertigo is caused by "x". Vertigo is a symptom of many condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hallucinations: Hallucinations are psychotic processes. Psychosis means the patient is getting external stimuli from the environment through one or more of his or her five senses, that does not objectively exist. In other words there are auditory,visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile hallucinations that can be experienced by the patient. Auditory hallucinations, however, are the most common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inflammation: The suffix "itis" on the end of words means inflammation. The labyrinth is a structure in the region of the middle ear which helps you to maintain your balance. When it becomes inflamed (by infectious or other causes) you may have severe dizziness with nausea and vomiting resulting. Usually resolves spontaneously but u may be quite ill for a while. ...Read more
Inner ear inflamed: Condition where the inner ear is inflamed. Could be from infection or other inflammatory conditions. The result is dizziness (typically true spinning) hearing loss, tinnitus. People are generally very sick for a few days to weeks. It may require steroids, antivirals, antibiotics, Antivert (meclizine) and maybe even hospitalization to hydrate the patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Migraine?: Possibly, complicated migraine. Is the vision blocked by loss on one side, are there shimmering lights, or bright spots? Is the headache unilateral? But at age 45, also consider a blood vessel issue, such as carotid stenosis, or transient ischemic problems in blood flow to brain. Talk to your doctor about some simple screening tests. ...Read more
Visual acuity: Acuity tests are standardized charts of various sized objects, usually letters or numbers, which delineate the limits of vision. This can be with or without eyeglass correction. This number can then be used to compare your best vision to others or to legal standards such as the level needed to get a driver's license. It also is used by researchers testing ways to improve vision. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Migraine: A scintillating scotoma occurs with some migraines. It is a distortion of the side vision with a shimmering or wavy effect. The vision in the area of the shimmer is impaired. It is typically in both eyes at the same time, although it can be more prominent in one. It can be stationary or move. Scintillating scotoma are alarming but do not cause long-term vision loss. ...Read more
BPPV: This is an inner ear disorder in which the nerve endings in our ears that normally contribute to our sense of balance are inappropriately sending signals to our brain. These signals give us the sense we are moving when in fact we are not, and this results in vertigo. It is caused when microscopic particles of calcium carbonate (otoliths) in the inner ear are dislodged. www.mainlineent.com. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I believe i'm experiencing optic migraines. Vision is affected, particularly central vision. What is it, what are the symptoms, what is the treatment?
You need an exam: There are numerous conditions that can affect central vision. Optic migraine is one of them but is a rarer problem. Common things are refractive error changes, the onset outside diabetic retinopathy with diabetic macular edema, and cataract changes. You should have an exam by an ophthalmologist to determine the cause. ...Read more
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