The Johns Hopkins Vestibular Disorders team channels its clinical and research efforts toward improving the lives and health of patients with disorders of vision and balance. Our clinical and research approaches are multidisciplinary, both within our own group, and in our collaborations with clinical and research colleagues in other departments. Our clinical focus is to diagnose and treat the challenging and frustrating problems of patients with blurred or double vision, and of patients with dizziness, vertigo, imbalance and falls. These symptoms, while not often life threatening, are often profoundly life altering, leading to extreme disability and impaired quality of life. We work closely with psychiatrists, otolaryngologists, ophthalmologists and rehabilitation specialists to design the best diagnostic and treatment plans for our patients.
Our research interests include strabismus (or "crossed eyes") and nystagmus, ataxia and imbalance, and vestibular disorders including both those of the inner ear and of the brain. We combine bioengineering and physiological measuring techniques with state-of-the-art brain imaging to learn how the brain responds to disease, and how we can facilitate the ability of the brain to compensate for disease, through new rehabilitation techniques or drug treatment. We also work with our colleagues in the Emergency Department to learn how to better diagnose acute dizziness, especially when due to a stroke.
Our vestibular disorders team shares the same mission: to help patients with disturbances of vision and balance, both in the clinic and with our research endeavors.