What can affect your sense of balance?

Causes of balance problems include:
  • infections of your ear.
  • inner ear problems.
  • head injury.
  • poor blood circulation.
  • certain medications.
  • chemical imbalance in your brain.
  • low blood pressure.
  • high blood pressure.
A.

Can eye problems cause balance problems?

A balance disorder may be caused by viral or bacterial infections in the ear, a head injury, or blood circulation disorders that affect the inner ear or brain. Many people experience problems with their sense of balance as they get older. Balance problems and dizziness also can result from taking certain medications.
  • Can anxiety cause you to lose your balance?

    Unsteadiness, dizziness, feeling dizzy or light-headed are common symptoms of stress, including the stress anxiety causes. Unfortunately, doctors often misdiagnose stress- and anxiety-related unsteadiness as a symptom of Vertigo or Meniere's Disease. The stress response stresses the body.
  • What causes balance issues in older adults?

    Gait and balance disorders are common in older adults and are a major cause of falls in this population. Common causes include arthritis and orthostatic hypotension; however, most gait and balance disorders involve multiple contributing factors.
  • How is balance disorder treated?

    Your treatment may include: Balance retraining exercises (vestibular rehabilitation). Therapists trained in balance problems design a customized program of balance retraining and exercises. Therapy can help you compensate for imbalance, adapt to less balance and maintain physical activity.
B.

Can Cataracts cause you to be off balance?

Unsteadiness (disequilibrium) or loss of balance when standing or walking are often experienced along with vertigo and other types of dizziness. The causes include: Inner ear problems. Cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and weakening eyesight (reduced visual acuity) are risk factors for disequilibrium.
  • How is balance disorder treated?

    Your treatment may include: Balance retraining exercises (vestibular rehabilitation). Therapists trained in balance problems design a customized program of balance retraining and exercises. Therapy can help you compensate for imbalance, adapt to less balance and maintain physical activity.
  • Do vestibular problems go away?

    Fortunately, with time and proper treatment, dizziness and vertigo frequently go away on their own. If you experience persistent dizziness or imbalance that disrupt your life for several weeks or more, your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist for vestibular and balance rehabilitation.
  • What is your vision like if you have cataracts?

    In a normal eye, light enters and passes through the lens. If the lens is cloudy from a cataract, the image you see will be blurry. Other eye conditions, such as myopia, cause blurry vision, too, but cataracts produce some distinctive signs and symptoms.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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