Our balance depends on a few things; vision, the inner ear and sensory input, which is contact from your arms, hands and feet among other things. As most of you with meniere’s know the inner ear stuff is a big problem for me and lots of other folks. The vision, I believe, is also very important. I have had vision problems since I was a kid and in the past few years I had cataract surgery plus glaucoma. After the surgery the meniere’s seemed to be worse. A coincidence, maybe but I don’t think so. I am not saying that I shouldn’t have had the surgery because it certainly has helped my vision, but it definitely had an effect on my meniere’s.
A recent comment came from FP who lives in Belgium who described their situation. FP was put on medications such as Betaserc and given treatment to help put the “crystals” back in place, which is a treatment that some doctors use for vertigo. FP also started to juggle balls to improve hand eye coordination which helped. It is really interesting to see how innovative some folks can get when they are stuck with this disorder.
Then FP was introduced to prism lens
“The consultation lasted two hours: I did tests I had never encountered before and was prescribed prism lenses. Not fully understanding how they work, please bear with this certainly unscientific explanation: apparently research has shown that by changing the light refraction using prisms in glasses, this can alleviate motion sickness and the sense of instability experienced by people with vestibular asymmetry. There’s nothing odd-looking about these glasses - they don’t look ‘different’. When I put on these new lenses for the first time, it felt as if an invisible wire above my head was pulled tight and forced my head to the upright position. It was rather bizarre - and quite uncomfortable for the first six weeks with these new lenses. But after this - I threw the medicine away, and suddenly I came out of the fog: my concentration was back, my sense of spatial awareness returned. I no longer felt as if I would fall if I did not take extreme care walking down stairs nor did I waver when rising to make presentations nor did I feel disoriented after long flights. In short, I felt human.”
FP goes on to say that prism lenses don’t cure meniere’s disease but it does seem to help.
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