Diagnosing Visual Motion Sensitivity: Understanding the Process
Diagnosing visual motion sensitivity involves several steps to identify the underlying cause of the condition. These are some of the most common methods used to diagnose visual motion sensitivity:
Taking a detailed patient history is an important first step in diagnosing visual motion sensitivity. This can help identify potential triggers and underlying conditions that may be contributing to the patient's symptoms.
A physical examination, including an eye exam, can help rule out underlying eye conditions that may be contributing to visual motion sensitivity. This may include checking for refractive errors, assessing eye movements, and checking for signs of ocular disease or injury.
A neurological examination may also be performed to assess the function of the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. This may include assessing reflexes, muscle strength, and coordination.
Sensory processing evaluation
Patients with visual motion sensitivity may also undergo a sensory processing evaluation to assess how their brain processes sensory information. This may include evaluating how the patient responds to different stimuli, such as light and sound.
In some cases, diagnostic tests may be performed to help identify the underlying cause of visual motion sensitivity.
Assessment of balance and gait
Oftentimes following an injury the brain might shift the image seen by our eyes. In turn the patient will shift their gait and how they hold themselves. This gives good information to our neuro optometrist on the current condition of the patient's vision.
Patients with visual motion sensitivity may also be asked to track their symptoms over time, including when they occur, how long they last, and what triggers them. This can help identify patterns and potential triggers that may be contributing to the patient's symptoms.
It is important to note that the diagnosis of visual motion sensitivity can be complex and may require the expertise of multiple healthcare providers, including neuro optometrists, neurologists, and other specialists. However, with a thorough evaluation and diagnosis, it is possible to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses the underlying cause of the patient's symptoms.