We talk about gaze stability A LOT in clinic, so what are we actually talking about!?
Gaze stability is our inherent ability to stabilise our visual world. There is a reflex that works between the vestibular system and the visual system, so that our image of the world is not jumpy, jerky or bouncy!
What is it?
Gaze stability is the ability to stabilise our eyes on a target effectively while our head and body are moving. Think about a camera on a stabiliser - you don't get a jumpy image. Our gaze is the same - it is smooth and stabilised. This is a reflex, called the vestibular-ocular reflex (VOR).
Why is it important ?
The VOR is important as it helps to stabilise our image while we move, so that we don't feel dizzy or nauseous. If the vestibular system is impacted, this can effect our VOR and often leads to dizziness, nausea, headaches, blurry vision even brain fog and loss of balance.
If you have dizziness or any of these other symptoms, come and get it checked out. We prescribe gaze stability exercises regularly to help reduce your symptoms and get you back to walking, running, sport and hobbies without dizziness.