Do you have eye tension or tiredness?

Do you have headaches, neck pain or dizziness? Your eyes could be playing a role. Often felt as eye strain, if our eyes are not working well together with your neck and inner ear it can create problems. Try our simple visual tracking exercise. If you have any concerns or questions please contact us at www.body-works.ca

Hi this is Dana Ranahan from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy in North Vancouver and today I want to talk a bit about vision and how it plays a role in some of the symptoms that we see in the clinic here. So often people have had car accidents or concussions and have issues like dizziness or neck pain or headaches, there can be a component from the eyes as well. So usually the upper neck, the inner ear and the eyes all play a role together. So one of the things that we look at in the clinic and it’s a simple thing you can try at home is look at your ability to smoothly track something. So there are different components to vision that we look at and a simple thing to look at is called smooth tracking. So you would grab a pencil or a pen, in this case I can focus on the tip of the pen and hold it out about arms length away from you which ends up being about 2 or 3 feet. In this case, now I want to try and be able to hold my head steady and see if I can follow that with both of my eyes. Now the question is, can I focus well on that pen tip with both eyes or is it quite challenging. Because usually we start this exercise with both eyes working on side to side tracking, as well as up and down tracking, trying to keep the head steady. Sometimes then we add in diagonal movements as well, or you can do circular movements trying to keep your head steady. Now what the tendency will be, is that your head will want to move with you a bit but we really want to keep the head steady and work to control the eyes following the pen but able to maintain your head in a neutral position and ultimately working with good neck posture as well. Not allowing yourself to slouch forward. If it’s difficult for you to focus on the pen, I would suggest then that you try working at one eye at a time, same kind of idea, switching sides and then after you’ve done each eye for about maybe 30 seconds to a minute, then try to do both eyes together. So you can work them separately and then work them together. So a simple tip for you to try if you have headaches, dizziness or neck pain is to check your visual tracking and how easy that is for you. If you have an other questions or need more specific directions about how this can help you, check out our website at www.body-works.ca