The Balance Center at Deborah is designed to diagnose and treat dizziness and balance issues. These two symptoms alone, especially in the elderly population are the most common causes of injuries and hospitalization. The result of being dizzy and falling causes numerous broken bones, brain injuries, and accidental deaths each year.
Deborah’s Balance Center uses a team approach to identify the source of the problem and implement the best treatment options, offering the latest screening and diagnostic services for testing in the assessment of dizziness and balance impairments. These tests have been designed to offer painless evaluation that can quickly pinpoint the causes of these problems; these include Nystagmography, Ocular Motility, Optokinetic Nystagmus, Positional Nystagmus and Caloric Tests.
The Balance Tests
Nystagmography is a diagnostic test that records involuntary movements of the eye. The test is performed by attaching electrodes around the eye and measuring the movements of the eye in relation to the ground electrode. In videonystagmography, infrared video systems are used to detect the eye movements, allowing for a more detailed observation of those movements.
Ocular Motility Test
This test is an examination of the function of the eye muscles. Your doctor will hold an object 12 inches front of your face and move it in several directions asking you to follow it with your eyes, without moving your head.
Optokinetic Nystagmus Test
The optokinetic reflex allows us to follow objects in motion when the head remains still (e.g., observing individual telephone poles on the side of the road as one travels by them in a car.) This test uses a moving light which the patient will track with their eyes.
Positional Nystagmus Test
A test that searches for involuntary movement of the eyes that is provoked by turning the head to the right or left compared to sitting face-forward or when lying down.
This test uses temperature to diagnose ear nerve damage. The test stimulates the inner ear and nearby nerves by delivering cold and warm water to the ear.
For more information or to request an appointment call, 609-735-2961.