Do You Suffer From Headaches?

Editor: Dr. Russel Lazarus, Published January 20, 2021

If you suffer from frequent headaches you may have binocular vision dysfunction. While this may sound concerning, try not to let yourself worry too much, as this condition can be effectively treated with the right professional care.

Headaches and binocular vision dysfunction

Binocular vision dysfunction (BVD) is a condition that occurs when the eyes are misaligned.

Eye misalignment causes brain “confusion”. When the two eyes transmit two distinct images for visual processing, the brain has a difficult time interpreting the two images and processing a single, clear image that you can recognize.

Eye misalignment can lead to BVD and result in eye strain, blurred vision, and frequent, severe headaches.

Common symptoms of BVD include:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Eye strain
  • Photophobia
  • Poor depth perception
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Motion sickness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Neck, upper back or shoulder pain

Symptoms of BVD typically surface during near vision tasks, specifically during prolonged reading activities— whether you’re reading your favorite novel, surfing the web on your computer, or scrolling through your smartphone.

Fortunately, you don’t need to suffer with headaches for much longer— BVD can be treated by a neuro-optometrist.

Your eye doctor can prescribe specialized lenses with prisms, called BVD lenses, to help improve eye alignment, and provide you with the much needed relief from your uncomfortable symptoms.

How do BVD lenses help?

Prism lenses for BVD enable your eyes to work together to produce an image that your brain can process more effectively.

These specialized lenses will alleviate eye strain and blurred vision, and thus eliminate the tension that is causing your headaches.

If you suffer from frequent headaches, schedule a functional vision evaluation as soon as possible. 

The earlier a vision problem is detected, the sooner you can achieve clearer, more comfortable vision…without the headaches!