What Is Visual Vertigo?

Written by susan elliott | 13/05/2017
What Is Visual Vertigo?
Vertigo feels like an unbalanced movement. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of fdecomite)

Visual vertigo is characterised by a balance disorder that is either provoked or aggravated by a specific visual environment. Some people find that supermarkets, driving and moving objects bring about the onset of visual vertigo.


Vertigo can be diagnosed easiest in patients with a long history of dizziness. According to the article "Visual Vertigo: Symptom Assessment, Spatial Orientation, and Postural Control" published by Oxford University Press, vestibular neuritis or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is much harder to diagnose.

Eyes, Ears & Nerves

Problems with the eyes, sensory nerves or inner ear conditions may cause visual vertigo. These problems may include a malfunction in the vestibular system in the ear and abnormal eye movements.

Positional Vertigo

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo may be the underlying cause of vertigo in some cases. This happens mostly after a change in the position of the head.

Additional Causes

Meniere's disease, migraines and a drop in blood pressure can also cause visual vertigo. If vertigo persists, it is important to seek medical attention.


Avoiding some foods, reducing stress, getting regular sleep and consistent aerobic exercise will help aid in treating some forms of visual vertigo. A doctor may also recommend some specific exercises to help with vertigo.

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