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I can voluntarily shake my eyes Is this normal

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Yes: Voluntary nystagmus is possible -- often quoted 8% of the population can induce it (usually convergence) high frequency and hard to sustain.
Dr. Julan Crane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Eye shaking : I suppose since it is voluntary then nothing to worry about

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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Shaking eyes: There are several possibilities: if this is lifelong, it might be a variant of nystagmus, a condition of "dancing eyes" due to low vision or a nervou... Read More
Dr. Jennifer Lee
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Nystagmus: Shaking eyes can be from many causes. Sometimes people are born with this issue, medications can also be the culprit. Eye strain can also cause this... Read More
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 45 years experience
Periodic nystagmus: The medical term for eye shaking is nystagmus. Nystagmus is most often due to problems in the balance mechanism in the inner ear. If your eye shakin... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Nystagmus?: Get checked to see if you have nystagmus and to determine tha cause.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Get it checked by MD: It depends what you mean by shaking.Do you mean the the eye ball is moving/jumping or the eye lid is twithing.I suggest you get it checked by your doc... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Gradin
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Yes: Up to 8% of college age students (about 1 out of 10) were able to produce "voluntary nystagmus" in one study, and most of them had a relative who coul... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin ORourke
Clinical Psychology 10 years experience
See a neurologist: The symptoms you are describing cover a lot of different areas in the brain and brain stem. A neurologist can help sort out where the issue may be an... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Goldberg
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Yes: Nystagmus is a complicated condition with many causes ranging from congenital to acquired and is involuntary. We do, however, have the normal ability... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Endorphins: Endorphins (epinephrine/norepinephrine) are released when a person is angered and this causes your muscles to shake.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
Ophthalmology 40 years experience
Nystagmus: It means your central vision is not good and the eye is in a constant saccadic movement to find better vision. It happens in macular hypoplasia (mal... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
It sounds like: You have end-gaze nystagmus. This is a few beats of eye jerking when looking to the extreme left or right. It is normal.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Goldberg
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Depends: This depends on how vigorously you shake the eyes. As with any part of the human body, trauma is not well tolerated. The eye is securely attached to... Read More

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