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Dizziness Caused by Eye Pressure

Dizziness caused by eye pressure could be the result of one of a number of conditions 23. It may be difficult for a physician to diagnosis. The condition may require extensive testing.

Is This an Emergency?

If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

Features

Dizziness is a condition that relates to the body’s sense of balance 2. A person suffering from dizziness may lose his balance and may also experience nausea, lightheadedness or syncope (fainting) 23.

Considerations

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Dizziness caused by eye pressure is a symptom or condition and not a disease in itself 23. Dizziness caused by eye pressure may be a warning sign for a stroke that is about to happen 23. It can also be a symptom of a TIA (transient ischemic attack).

Testing

Anyone experiencing dizziness caused by eye pressure should undergo testing as soon as possible to determine the cause 23. A physician will normally order a CT scan, MRI, EEG or ultrasound of the carotid arteries to rule out tumors, masses, occlusion of arteries of the brain or occlusion of the carotid arteries 1. Scans also help diagnosis the presence of brain lesions or severe sinus inflammation 1. An ophthalmologist may order testing of the eye to determine if glaucoma or some other eye disorder is causing the problem.

Identifying Factors

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The person experiencing dizziness caused by eye pressure should keep a diary that describes the episodes 23. This diary should contain the time that the episode occurred, what the subject was doing at the time of the occurrence, how long the episode lasts and other symptoms such as nausea and loss of vision. This information is valuable to the physician in diagnosing and treating the condition.

Treatment

Treatment for dizziness caused by eye pressure depends upon the diagnosis 23. Occlusion of arteries of the brain or carotid arteries often require surgery 1. Tumors require surgery to remove them, or medications or radiation to eradicate them. Sinus infection and inflammation may require the use of antibiotics and decongestants. Treatment for glaucoma or other eye diseases require medications or surgery.

  • Treatment for dizziness caused by eye pressure depends upon the diagnosis 2.
  • Treatment for glaucoma or other eye diseases require medications or surgery.
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