What is Nystagmus?

Nystagmus is a classified eye disease where the patient experiences an involuntary, uncontrolled movement of the eyes in which they oscillate from side to side, up and down or even in a circular motion.

People who have Nystagmus are usually either blind or have very poor vision. Their vision can be considered a lot worse than what some would call short sighted, and their vision is already hampered to a certain extent.

What are the common symptoms of Nystagmus?

  • Rapid eye movement
  • Light sensitivity
  • Dizziness
  • A titled or turned resting head position
  • Poor night vision
  • Shaking vision

If you suspect you have Nystagmus, please book an appointment with us.

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What are the causes of Nystagmus?

The main cause of Nystagmus during early stages is a defect in the visual connection between the eye and the part of the brain that controls the eye, or the eye itself which can be genetic. During childhood Nystagmus can appear in a lot of different eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataract or retina diseases among albinos. Children with Down’s syndrome are also prone to Nystagmus.

You can also develop it later in life from causes ranging from a stroke to multiple sclerosis or even a head injury. Sometimes, Nystagmus can be a symptom of a much worse eye disease, in which case it is necessary to consult an Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist) immediately at the earliest signs of it.

What are the treatments for Nystagmus?

There is currently no cure for Nystagmus. However, there are several helpful treatments. Glasses and lenses do not correct Nystagmus, but your optometrist may advise they are worn if other eye site issues exist.

Patients may be diagnosed with long or short sightedness alongside having Nystagmus, which is not uncommon as long and short sightedness is caused by the eyes’ inability to focus correctly due to its irregular shape.

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