seems there's no correlation between teeth and eyes, but some researches
have shown the opposite. A classic example is the ability to correct,
i.e. the shortest distance to focus (to focalise, to bring into
focus) a pencil. Do this simple test. You have to stand with the
feet in a comfortable for you position and to bring the pencil as
nearer as you can see it clearly, i.e. as far as the image doesn't
split. Then you have to measure the distance between the nose and
the pencil. Secondly, you have to tend the feet to one point, in
a very uncomfortable for you position; try again to do the test
and you'll notice that you can't bring the pencil as near as you
did before. The anomalous muscular contraction of the lower limbs
has had repercussions (has affected) among the muscular chains and,
in this way, the ocular muscles have been prevented from working
normally. We can suspect that these patients strain the ocular muscles,
because of postural changes.
have noticed that the ocular fatigue and the phorias, i.e. little
balanced strabismus, are strongly affected by these contractions,
that can be caused (brought on) by the dental occlusion.
addition to that, if we consider the so called "ocular wrynecks",
i.e. when we are forced to turn or incline the head because of strabismus,
the picture (outline) gets complicated, but most of all it interacts
with the closer sectors, for example the teeth and the headaches.
EYES AND THE POSTURE
What have the eyes got to do with the posture?
Through the sight our brain knows what's right and what's wrong
and so when we hold upright and when we crook our body. In particular,
the brain compares the visual information that come from the eyes
with the ones that come from the eye-muscles, that is what we
see and the direction of our look.
This kind of information, connected to the ones that come from
other body parts (muscles, articulations, teeth, ears, just to
quote the most important ones), help the brain to understand which
our posture is and if it's necessary to correct it.
So it's pretty clear that when we face a postural pathology we
have to check the eyes too.
strabismus ocular wrynecks
How can we act?
/ what can we do?
The patient must have a medical examination with an oculist or an
orthoptic trainer who will be able to check the eye-muscle situation
and, especially, the relation between the eye-muscles and the posture.
it always necessary to have a vision-postural checking?
No, it's not. The patient has to do it only if the doctor suspects
his/her postural problem is linked with the eyes.
can we understand it?
The patient can do a very simple test. It reveals his/her posture
when the eyes are open and they are closed. Normally in the latter
case the posture gets worse, if it doesn't, we can consider we are
facing a problem in the sight system. In other words, the eyes don't
help our postural attitude, they trouble it.
for the ones who wear spectacles?
The patient must tell the doctor he/she wears glasses and bring
them with him/her during the examination. In this way it will be
possible to understand if their use can have any influence on the
if something is wrong?
The oculist will consider, if that is the case, to modify the spectacle-correction
or, maybe, he will advise us to do some orthoptic training, i.e.
gym for the eyes. That's all.