Why Do We Get Dizzy?

Why Do We Get Dizzy?

We all know that reeling sensation that we sometimes get. It could be from spinning around too quickly, standing up too quickly, or for some other medical reason. No matter the cause, dizziness is not a pleasant sensation.

Dizziness can be long term or short term, and sometimes the level of the dizziness can be severe. But what causes us to get dizzy? Have you ever felt dizzy in just your eyes? Read on to learn more about dizziness and why we get dizzy. And, what it has to do with your eyes!

What Is Dizziness?

Dizziness means feeling woozy, lightheaded and unsteady. Or, feeling the sensation of moving without physically moving your body. You may also feel like your head is “swimming.” You may have these symptoms while sitting or lying down. It is also really common to have them upon standing up, especially if you stand up very quickly. You are more likely to feel some of these symptoms if you haven’t eaten much and stand up much too quickly.

Many people describe another sensation as feeling dizzy in just the eyes. While this is a common feeling, being dizzy really comes from your inner ear, not your eyes. But, if your eyes feel dizzy and you have blurry vision, you may be suffering from eye strain. You can avoid eye strain by simply resting your eyes.

The Inner Ear and Conditions that Cause Dizziness

Why Do We Get Dizzy?Our bodies need to be balanced in order to prevent dizziness. There are several different dysfunctions that can lead to the inner ear becoming unbalanced. They each can, in turn, lead to dizziness. Usually, dizziness is not serious. Sometimes it can even be a side effect of certain medications.

However, there are several disorders that you should be aware of. Meniere’s syndrome, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, vestibular neuritis, and acoustic neuroma.

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Meniere’s syndrome is related to the balance of the fluids in your inner ear. This disorder usually occurs in one ear, not both. If you have these symptoms, you may have Meniere’s syndrome.

  • episodes of ringing in the ear
  • hearing loss
  • muffled hearing
  • ear fullness, nausea
  • vertigo

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo occurs after the sensory units of the inner ear have been damaged. Some symptoms of this disorder include spinning sensation, imbalance, lightheadedness, and nausea. This vertigo can be very severe, but it usually only lasts for a couple of minutes.

Vestibular neuritis happens when the nerve cells become inflamed. The biggest symptom is a sudden rush of vertigo, usually lasting between one and seven days. This condition can be caused by having the common flu and can be treated with medication.

Acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor which grows on the balance nerve in the inner ear. The first symptom is ringing in the ears; hearing loss may follow. Vertigo does not usually accompany this condition.

What If My Eyes Feel Dizzy?

As mentioned earlier, if you feel dizzy in just your eyes, this is probably due to eye strain. Your eyes can get very worn out if you overuse them, especially if you sit in front of a computer all day. By not taking proper breaks, your eyes can get dried out and very tired. Tired eyes are irritated eyes, and this can cause you to feel dizzy.

What can you do about your eyes feeling dizzy? The best thing you can do is practice good habits such as taking a break from looking at the computer screen. Try the 10-10-10 Rule. Take a break for about 10 seconds every 10 minutes that you are working on the computer. Focus on an object that is about 10 feet away. Allow your eyes to adjust to this item at a distance.

Doing this gives your eyes a much-needed break. You should also make sure you blink plenty of times in order to keep your eyes from drying out. It’s common to forget to blink frequently when on the computer. We become so enthralled with what we’re reading or watching. Blink more and rest, then when you focus back on your computer screen, your eyes are more refreshed.

Palming is another good exercise to practice during breaks. Consider how long your eyes are open for the day. Your leg muscles get to rest whenever you sit down. Your eye muscles don’t get that luxury! So, take breaks to palm. Lean your head back against your head read and close your eyes. Rub your palms together to make them warm. Place a palm on each of your closed eyelids. Allow the warmth to soothe your eyes and relax them. Doing this a few times during your workday can make a huge difference.

Even if you are taking breaks every 10 minutes, prolonged exposure to screens can make your eyes tired. You may still get that dizzy feeling in your eyes. If this still happens, consider taking a prolonged break.

If you can, take a short nap! Consider using eye drops to refresh your eyes, too. Or, just take a quick break and cover your eyes with the palms of your hands and allow the warmth to soothe your eyes.

Additionally, you can take daily vitamins, like our Ocu-Plus Formula, to make your eyes stronger and better. The stronger your eyes are, the less likely they are to feel dizzy and tired. Stronger eyes are less likely to feel the effects of strain. So, be proactive when it comes to taking care of your vision!

Dizziness has more to do with your ears than it does your eyes. But, it’s normal to still feel it has an effect on your eyes. Most problems related to dizziness come from the inner ear, which affects your balance. The effects of being dizzy can be felt throughout the head. It is very easy to confuse normal dizziness for dizziness just in the eyes. Rest assured that as long as you take good care of your eyes, dizziness is not dangerous!

About the Author

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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3 responses to “Why Do We Get Dizzy?”

  1. Avatar for Lexi Lexi says:

    Something I ponder… Why did I as a kid love merry go rounds and the feeling they gave me? And as an adult, I will never go on one and will do anything to stay away from the feeling of dizziness.

  2. Avatar for Vincent Vincent says:

    A while ago, I felt like I was about to fall, accompanied by ringing and muffled hearing and REALLY blurry vision. What does that mean?

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