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Is there any connection between balance problems and eyes?


Can you tell me is there any link between slight loss of balance and a problem with my eyes? My balance becomes worse when in bright shops. This first happened a few weeks and while its nowhere near as bad now I still feel my balance is off in a bright area. 

Answer Written answer:

Generally there is no connection between eyes and balance problems. It is still worth having an eye test to see if there is any underlying eye or vision issues, but true balance problems are usually to do with the inner ear.

We recommend you seek professional advice if you are concerned about your eye health:

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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