Chances are if you have blurred vision, your instinct is to see an eye doctor. While a completely natural reaction, did you know that vision problems can stem from problems in your spine? It’s natural to assume that an eye problem means that your eye is the problem. Most people assume problems in an area of the body have the root cause of the issue in the area of the body manifesting symptoms. However, this isn’t always the case. Here are some things you should know about how neck misalignment can lead to blurred vision.
How Do You Know If Blurred Vision Isn’t An Eye Problem?
Your first course of action when having any vision problems should indeed be to see an eye doctor. There are many potential causes for blurred vision, starting with the natural degeneration of eyesight and going through diseases, injuries, and more. An eye doctor will eliminate any such possibilities. If they do not find any issues with your eyes themselves, that’s when the focus shifts to the spine as a potential culprit for your blurred vision.
How Are The Spine And The Eyes Connected?
How you see is through the light beams that the photoreceptors in your eyes interpret. Your retina takes this information and relays it back through your optic nerve to the part of your brain that works with your vision – your visual cortex. Your brain then passes the information along through the spine to the rest of your body, so that you know what you see and how to react to it. So, why do you have blurred vision with neck misalignment?
What The Spine/Eye Connection Means For Your Vision
As you see, there are multiple nerves involved in how vision works. But why would your spine affect this process at all? The central nervous system is located in your spine and your eyes are a major part of your central nervous system. Ergo, problems with your spine can lead to problems with your central nervous system which can cause blurred vision. This is especially true for your neck, which is the closest part of your spine to your eyes, meaning neck misalignment poses potential problems for your eyesight.
If you don’t suffer from any spinal problems, you have good posture, and your neck and everything is in order, blurred vision probably isn’t related to your back. But if you get whiplash, like from a car accident, or your neck gets thrown out of alignment in another way, you may notice previously fine vision turn blurry.
How Are Neck And Vision Issues Diagnosed?
If your neck got misaligned and the eye doctor didn’t notice any problems with your eyes, there are tests that can be done to get to the root of your blurred vision. You may undergo a physical exam and tests. Or, if alignment problems are suspected, you may be sent to a chiropractor. As the spine is part of a chiropractor’s center of expertise, they can tell you if there are any alignment issues potentially causing your blurred vision.
How Can A Chiropractor Help Blurred Vision?
After identifying any alignment issues that may be causing your blurred vision, a chiropractor can then come up with a treatment plan for you. Through realignment, a chiropractor can restore impacted nerve functions so that your vision can improve. Chiropractors utilize the body’s natural healing abilities with movements that restore its functions and improve blood flow. If your neck is misaligned and causing vision problems, a chiropractor can realign it. After that, you should notice improvement in your vision.
Want To Know More About Misalignment and Blurred Vision?
For more information about neck misalignment or any other chiropractic concerns, contact us at Carlile Chiropractic today! We’re happy to answer any questions and to set up an appointment for any of your chiropractic needs.