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Jerking eye movements? = nystagmus?

Jerking eye movements? = nystagmus?

Most commonly, yes: Nystagmus is the name for usually rhythmic, oscillating (back and forth, or up and down) involuntary movements of both eyes. It is most often seen as a congenital (born with) finding, or develops shortly after birth. There are other causes for unusual or "jerking" eye movements too, and affected individual should be seen by an ophthalmologist, neuro-ophthalmologist, or neurologist for a diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Kenneth Adams
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Nystagmus (Definition)

Nystagmus is a condition in which a person's eyeballs jiggle back and forth. The rhythmic jiggling can be present at birth (congenital nystagmus) or it can begin later due to a brain ...Read more


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Which kind of brain tumor (location etc) causes eye symptoms (nystagmus etc)???

Which kind of brain tumor (location etc) causes eye symptoms (nystagmus etc)???

Many options: Visual circuits are widely placed in the brain. Tumors can disrupt many of these functions including basic vision, parts of the field, motility and coordination. The list of what kind includes all known spontaneous tumors originating in the brain and also metastatic tumors lodging in the brain. Neuro-ophthalmologists are skilled at relating a series of symptoms to the location of the tumor. ...Read more

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Is the medication gabapention effective for nystagmus (infantile..congenital) I have optic nerve hypoplasia OD..and my other eye has nystagmus.

Is the medication gabapention effective for nystagmus (infantile..congenital) I have optic nerve hypoplasia OD..and my other eye has nystagmus.

Expert opinion: after examination and testing, advice on this platform might not be ideal, please get checked by neurology and ophthalmology, and probably ENT, good luck ...Read more

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How do I know if I have nystagmus (eye condition)?

How do I know if I have nystagmus (eye condition)?

Exam: This feature is readily apparent to a third party who looks at your eye alignment. Your doc can decide if this is an issue for you. A lay person may not know what they are looking for. ...Read more

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Can constant nystagmus cause eye floaters? The nystagmus is caused by a inner ear disorder.

Can constant nystagmus cause eye floaters? The nystagmus is caused by a inner ear disorder.

Unlikely. Nystagmus : Is an involuntary movement of the eye. It can be seen in both normal and pathologic or disease states. It is unlikely that significant torsional or tractional forces exist in such movements such that floaters could be significantly worsened. Theoretically, it is possible to develop a separation of the vitreous while having nystagmus. Age is the real culprit with floaters. ...Read more

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Could an eye/cornia transplant correct nystagmus?

Could an eye/cornia transplant correct nystagmus?

No such thing and no: There is no such thing as an eye transplant and a cornea transplant would have no effect on nystagmus. There are surgeries and non-surgical treatments for nystagmus. See a strabismus specialist to discuss these. ...Read more

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Does cutting the eye muscles help alleviate nystagmus?

Does cutting the eye muscles help alleviate nystagmus?

Not permanently : Many treatments have been tried for nystagmus, including cutting the eye muscles. I have performed several of these procedures in my practice. While there may be a temporary improvement, the nystagmus usually returns. The good news is that nystagmus usually stays the same or improves over time. ...Read more