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A female asked:

My infant is 6 months old and has vertical nystagmus when a light source is flashed on her eyes. no other problems. is it normal or pathological?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Normal: Probably normal especially if you are flashing lights in her eyes.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Vertical nystagmus : Usually prompts an evaluation to check for central nervous system causes. Horizontal nystagmus can be benign. You are close enough to the specialists at the yale child study center as well as their pediatric ophthalmologists, neurologists, etc. To seek second opinions/evaluations there for your baby. Best of luck in your search for answers for your little one.
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Dr. Yale Kanter
Dr. Yale Kanter commented
Ophthalmology 62 years experience
It should be evaluated by a pediatric neuroopthomologist.
Feb 12, 2013
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Provided original answer
Yes,sir. I erased the " neuro" while compacting my response. Thank you for pointing this out.
Feb 13, 2013
Last updated Jun 18, 2014

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