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Having Dizzy Spells? You May Need Glasses

By Essilor News

Often the need for glasses is assessed based on vision issues such as squinting to see letters on blackboards, in books or on road signs. But sometimes signs are a bit less obvious - like dizziness.

What exactly is dizziness and how does it relate to your eyes? If you feel unsteady, lightheaded, as if your body is moving while you're not or if you feel like your head is "swimming," you're experiencing dizziness. Typically you have these feelings upon standing, especially if it's quickly, but you can also experience dizziness while sitting or lying down.

Dizziness in the eyes is a bit different. It's more focused in one area and is generally accompanied by blurry vision. Eye dizziness is often caused by eye strain from excessive technology use without breaks.While sitting in front of a computer, try to follow the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look up from the screen and focus on an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

If you find your dizzy spells aren't going away, then you should make an appointment with your eye doctor to discuss the issue. If you already have glasses, you may be wearing a pair of glasses that aren't properly fitted or your prescription is no longer accurate. A pair of glasses that are fitted too tightly can cause both headaches and dizziness. The wrong prescription can also cause similar problems.

The good news is you shouldn't have permanent problems as a result of a prescription that isn't accurate. "Wearing glasses that are too strong or otherwise wrong for the eyes cannot harm an adult's eye, although it might result in a temporary headache," according to the Mayo Clinic. "At worse, the glasses will fail to correct vision and make the wearer uncomfortable because of blurriness, but no damage to any part of the eye will result."

If you're experiencing additional symptoms beyond dizziness, consult your regular physician as well as an eye care professional. Sometimes dizziness,blurriness or headaches can be a sign of a more serious illness such as diabetes.