No, its not a visual thing. I have the same problem, if the rut is longer than my stride my foot slips into that rut, and you cant really fix it because the dirt is too loose and it feels like your going to twist your ankle the wrong way.
Im a starter now and I dont have that problem, but when I was a reliever last year I just compensated for the rut. If the stride was longer than mine I would try not to step so far and maybe scrape some dirt into it and bash it down with my foot (dont do it too long or youll look like an idiot lol). And if the stride is shorter then your stride shouldnt be affected too much.
Other than that Im not sure what to do. But I also have the same problem as you. Its also a conscious thing. Im afriad that Ill get an ankle injury if I step on the wrong place. Which then in turn plays tricks on your control and velocity.
But like I said I dont have that problem now as I am a starter.