What is Binocular Vision Dysfunction?

Our doctors at Vision Specialists of Michigan have made pioneering discoveries into the diagnosis and treatment of Binocular Vision Dysfunction, a group of conditions that cause There are six different muscles controlled by three different cranial nerves that coordinate the movement of each eye.

In order to achieve perfect binocular vision and to avoid double vision, the brain and all twelve muscles must work together so that each eye points directly at the object being viewed.

When the eyes cannot perform this eye teaming task accurately, this is referred to as binocular vision dysfunction.
eye misalignment
. People suffering from these conditions have a small amount of eye misalignment not found on a routine eye exam. Their body corrects the misalignment by Vision Specialists | Visual description of Binocular Vision disorderoverusing and straining the eye muscles, causing the symptoms of Binocular Vision Dysfunction.

Typical Symptoms

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Unsteadiness / Drifting while walking
  • Poor Coordination / Clumsy
  • Poor Depth Perception
  • Motion Sickness
  • Headaches / Face Pain
  • Eye Pain / Pain with Eye Movement
  • Neck Ache / Upper Back & Shoulder Pain
  • Head Tilt
  • Anxiety
  • Sensitivity to Light / Glare
  • Double Vision
  • Feeling Overwhelmed or Anxious in Crowds or Large Spaces

  • Fatigue with Reading
  • Shadowed / Overlapping / Blurred Vision
  • Difficulty with Reading & Reading Comprehension
  • Skipping Lines / Losing your Place while Reading
  • Closing / Covering an eye to make it easier to see

The number of symptoms, and severity, are different for each person. Some people are disabled, while others aren’t bothered much.

Many people with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) develop a small amount of eye misalignment from their injury that cause these symptoms.

NeuroVisual Evaluation and Vis-Align™ Glasses: Correct the Aim, Fix the Strain and Reduce the Pain

In 1995 our doctors developed the NeuroVisual Evaluation (a specialized eye examination that finds the hidden misalignment) and Vis-Align™ Glasses (glasses that realign images by bending light beams). These groundbreaking glasses eliminate the need for the body to make any corrections to the eye alignment, While the body is doing the best it can to fix the eye misalignment, this approach causes a lot of problems. There has to be a better way to get the image onto the fovia without needing to reposition the eye. And there is!

Since 1995, our doctors at have performed groundbreaking research into the use of prism (in green) which is at the heart of our Vis-Align™ Glasses. Prism can bend beams of light, and can redirect the image (red dotted arrow) onto the center of the back of the eye (the fovea (big red arrowhead)) while the eye is in it's original, slightly misaligned position (black arrow). Since there is no need to realign the eye, there is no overuse of the eye muscles, which markedly reduces or eliminates the symptoms of Binocular Vision Dysfunction.

Diagram 4 - BVD - Visual description of Binocular Vision disorder
stopping the overuse and strain of the eye muscles
. This results in a marked reduction or even elimination of the symptoms of Binocular Vision Dysfunction.

Expect to feel noticeably better right away. The average patient will notice a 50% reduction of symptoms by the end of the first visit. Improvement continues over the next several visits as the Vis-Align™ Glasses are custom made just for you! Your glasses will include the combination of the elements you need to reduce your symptoms, as well as giving you crisp, clear, comfortable vision.
  • Vertical prismatic correction
  • Horizontal prismatic correction
  • Distance correction
  • Reading correction
  • Out of roundness (astigmatism) correction
  • Anti-reflective / anti-glare coating
  • Blue light protection
  • Tint or Transitions™ for light sensitivity
  • Lighter lenses using special materials like polycarbonate or Hi Index plastics
Vis-Align™ Glasses
are fine-tuned, giving an 80% reduction of symptoms by the end of treatment.

How do I know if Vision Specialists can help me?

A scientifically validated questionnaire has been developed by our researchers to screen for Binocular Vision Dysfunction. Find out if Vision Specialists of Michigan can help you!

View Our Testimonials by Symptom

Neck Ache / Head TiltMore patient stories on neck aches and resulting head tilting that can be cured using special prismatic lenses

Gail, 59 years old

After adjusting my neck for years, my chiropractor was amazed.

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Double Visionmore patient stories on how the use of special prismatic lenses will resolve dizziness and lightheadedness

James, 59 years old

“Corrected double vision helped my husband recover from a stroke.”

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Traumatic Brain Injurymore patient stories on how the use of special prismatic lenses will resolve problems arising from Traumatic Brain Injury

Richard, 33 years old

“I can’t believe how much glasses have helped my quality of life.”

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Headachestestimonials on how migraine headaches are cured using prismatic lenses

Sam, 45 years old

A year and a half later, I have been migraine and medicine free.

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Anxietymore patient stories on how the use of special prismatic lenses will resolve problems with anxiety

Michael, 31 years old

It was as if I was living a life in darkness before having my new lenses.

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Dizzinessmore patient stories on how the use of special prismatic lenses will resolve dizziness and lightheadedness

Paul, 54 years old

“I am no longer dizzy. I get no more spinning spells. I feel normal.”

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Reading Difficultiesmore patient stories on how the use of special prismatic lenses will resolve dizziness and lightheadedness

Cindy, 13 year old

I can get homework done in class, because now I can concentrate.

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Motion Sickness/Nauseamore patient stories on how the use of special prismatic lenses will resolve dizziness and lightheadedness

Janet, 64 years old

I can now read maps with no ill effects (sickness) what so ever.

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Balance Problemsmore patient stories on how the use of special prismatic lenses will resolve dizziness and lightheadedness

Donald, 73 years old

“After some test, I could see differences immediately.”

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STORIES OF TRIUMPH over a common but often unrecognized visual ailment: Binocular Vision Dysfunction

By Debby Feinberg O.D. with Mark Rosner M.D. & Sherry Brantley

Who would have thought that a basic eye alignment problem could cause a person to be miserable or disabled? Yet that is exactly what is happening with Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD), a visual condition where there is a slight image misalignment which causes headaches, dizziness, anxiety, neck pain and reading difficulties. Using techniques developed by Dr. Debby Feinberg and her colleagues, patients are fit with prism eyeglass lenses that realign the images, resulting (on average) in an 80% reduction of symptoms.

This book contains the stories of those suffering from BVD, their difficult journey through life and the medical system, and their recovery and return to health using just a simple pair of properly prescribed prism lenses.

Our Patient’s say: My Vis-Align™ glasses from Vision Specialists