Visual Vertigo

What is visual vertigo?

Visual vertigo is experienced by people as a result of being over stimulated by complex visual environments. Visual vertigo can occur as a result of many medical conditions but in most cases, the specific cause is unknown.

Symptoms of visual vertigo

Common symptoms of visual vertigo include episodic dizziness, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, imbalance, vertigo and disorientation.  Symptoms are usually provoked by movement of the visual surroundings while standing still, such as flickering lights, passing trains and computer screens.

Treatment of visual vertigo

Treatment for visual vertigo involves vestibular rehabilitation exercises as well as discussion about compensation strategies. The treatment usually involves repetition of sensitive movements/activities in a carefully controlled manner-called habituation exercises, and exercises involving separation of head and eye movements.