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My eyes twitch frequently. Is this neurological or is there something wrong with my eyes?

My eyes twitch frequently. Is this neurological or is there something wrong with my eyes?

Depends: Eyelid "twitching" is a common complaint and is generally benign. Eyelid myokeimia is a unilateral (one sided) condition that causes fasciculations (muscle fiber twitching) in the orbicularis oculi muscles within the eyelids. This is generally related to stress, sleep deprivation and caffeine intake, all of which may alter the body's sympathetic tone and cause fasciculations. Bilateral eyelid twitching is called “benign essential blepharospasm”. The most worrisome condition is facial hemispasm which causes unilateral, painful spasm of the side of the face with associated forced eyelid closure (blepharospasm). This is secondary to a compressive lesion such as a mass or arteriovenous malformation which impinges on the facial nerve (cranial nerve 7) as it exits its foramen in the skull to innervate the side of the face and orbicularis muscles. This must be promptly investigated and decompressed. ...Read more

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In both eyes I can sense flickering in my peripheral vision even when looking at natural daylight. Ophth exam all ok. Worried it's a neurology problem?

In both eyes I can sense flickering in my peripheral vision even when looking at natural daylight. Ophth exam all ok. Worried it's a neurology problem?

Flashes of light: In the presence of a completely normal ophthalmologic exam..... Persistent flashes of light could be a neurological condition called ophthalmic migraine. Seek out a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis and rule out a retinal condition. ...Read more

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Can ear infection/disorder/disease or vestibular issues cause unequal pupil size? Opthamalogist says eyes fine and he doesn't suspect neurological.

Can ear infection/disorder/disease or vestibular issues cause unequal pupil size? Opthamalogist says eyes fine and he doesn't suspect neurological.

How unequal: Vestibular lesion would not alter your pupil size. If an ophthalmologist examined you and determined it to be not a cause for concern, please let it be.
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My eyelids twitch when eyes are closed, bad balance with rombergs tests, get pins and needles in arms/legs easy. Neurological issue?

My eyelids twitch when eyes are closed, bad balance with rombergs tests, get pins and needles in arms/legs easy. Neurological issue?

Some comments: First, regarding eyelids, this could be benign myokymia, and not due to underlying disease. The romberg test may be a result of vitamin deficiency, inflammatory disorder, or even inner ear issue, and altho abnormal, nonspecific. Fluctuating pins and needles may be due to nerve compression. Best approach here is to get full neurological exam, and get a diagnosis which considers these issues. ...Read more

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I heard that nystagmus is involuntary. But I can shake my eyes! Is it a neurological condition?

I heard that nystagmus is involuntary. But I can shake my eyes! Is it a neurological condition?

No: Some have developed the ability to shake the eyes as a combination of near focus and concentration. This is voluntary and does not harm the eyes. Some have perfected it as a performance trick. ...Read more

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I have a menthol sensation coming through the pores of my skin and in my mouth and eyes which has gotten worse. Could it be neurological?

I have a menthol sensation coming through the pores of my skin and in my mouth and eyes which has gotten worse. Could it be neurological?

Do you smell it?: It has to be neurological. The symptom is similar to the phantosmia described in the article below. It is perhaps affecting different sensory modalities in you however. I would consult with a neurologist. En.Wikipedia. Org/wiki/phantosmia. ...Read more

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Can an eye examination detect neurological abnormalities?

Can an eye examination detect neurological abnormalities?

Yes: Optic neuritis is a frequent manifestation of multiple sclerosis and may be the first sign of disease detected on eye examination. ...Read more

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How can an ophthalmologist know that blurry vision out of one eye is undetected amplyopia and not a symptom of neurological/other underlying issue?

How can an ophthalmologist know that blurry vision out of one eye is undetected amplyopia and not a symptom of neurological/other underlying issue?

Blurry vision: Blurry vision in one eye without any neurological symptoms suggests that this is not a neurological disorder. You could always get a second opinion from another ophthalmologist if you still have concerns. ...Read more

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Are these eye exams bad: right cylinder -0.75, axis 003. left cylinder -0.50, left axis 142. Is this sign of neurological disease or something serious?

Are these eye exams bad: right cylinder -0.75, axis 003. left cylinder -0.50, left axis 142. Is this sign of neurological disease or something serious?

No: These numbers represent very mild astigmatism. This is quite common and can be easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses. You should not have any worry. ...Read more

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Eye headaches, vision problems - neurological or eyeball related?

Eye headaches, vision problems - neurological or eyeball related?

Both are possible: If these conditions are present enough to cause significant change in your eye health or your comfort you need them evaluated. There is not enough information in your question to separate whether it is the eyes or the nervous system. You should see your ophthamologist and get it sorted out. ...Read more

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What neurological disorder causes rapid eye blinking especially under stress as well as head movements?

What neurological disorder causes rapid eye blinking especially under stress as well as head movements?

Motor Tics: Motor tics are common and this is related to stress and it is one of the common movement disorders, motor tic commonly presents as eye blinking, gesturing of the face, head movement, shoulder thrusting and other sudden limb or trunk movement.
Tics are involuntary but it can suppressed and aggrevated by stress also they are waxing and waning in occurrence. ...Read more

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Still having eye seizures, even tho eye exam and neurological tests came back normal. What is causing them?

Still having eye seizures, even tho eye exam and neurological tests came back normal. What is causing them?

See a neurologist: Did you undergo an EEG study? See a neurologist to discuss your symptoms in detail. They eye "seizures" may not necessarily be seizures but fluttering due to muscle activity. Provide a detailed account of these events and undergo a neurological exam. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000756.htm ...Read more

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What type of neurological condition can cause blurry/dim vision? Had 6 eye exams all normal? Like I'm wearing glasses that are way too strong.

What type of neurological condition can cause blurry/dim vision? Had 6 eye exams all normal? Like I'm wearing glasses that are way too strong.

Dry eyes?: You may have dry eyes which may be helped with artificial tear. Your eye exam may be normal since eye drops are often used to dilate your pupil or numb your cornea thereby providing some liquid to your eyes. Be sure that you are seen by an ophthalmologist and not an optician. ...Read more

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Seven-year-old child gets frequent headaches had a normal eye exam and a normal neurological exam should I still worry about a tumor?

Seven-year-old child gets frequent headaches had a normal eye exam and a normal neurological exam should I still worry about a tumor?

NO REASON TO WORRY: Most likely you child suffers from migraines, and the headaches would be very unlikely to be secondary to any intracranial structural issue, and the eye exam should have ruled out any increase of pressure within the cranial cavity. Have a pediatric neurologist start to control and eliminate these pesky headaches. ...Read more

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Periodically I am going completely blind in one eye (white curtain) it lasts 1 2 min. Our local doctors ruled out MS, heart, neurological problems?

Periodically I am going completely blind in one eye (white curtain) it lasts 1 2 min. Our local doctors ruled out MS, heart, neurological problems?

Need to know workup: I'm glad to hear your doctors have taken your symptoms seriously enough to do what seems like a thorough workup. However, before discussing other possible things this could be- I think going through the details of the workups, results, and how they arrived at the conclusions that you had none of the above is worthwhile. Write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR for a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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I'm an adult with mild cerebral palsy. I was just wonder since CP is a neurological disorder, is it common to have vision changes or eye pulling?

I'm an adult with mild cerebral palsy. I was just wonder since CP is a neurological disorder, is it common to have vision changes or eye pulling?

Cerebral Palsy: Cerebral palsy is a non progressive disorder. If these changes are new, you should see an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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If I have right temple spasms with right eye twitch what neurological disorders involvement this?

If I have right temple spasms with right eye twitch what neurological disorders involvement this?

Facial nerve Cranial: Facial nerve, cranial nerve vii, may be involved in an inflamatory or irritating process. This should be evaluated. ...Read more

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What causes colored spots in vision while being anxious? Have had eye exam and neurological exam EEG and mri. Could it be something psychological?

Spotty vision? Cause: Bc u note u've had nl eye, neuro exams & nl EEG & MRI -- AND that these colored spots arise when you're feeling anxious -- it seems reasonable to consider anx as a cause. Psychiatric illnesses are diagnoses of exclusion -- meaning you and your doc should rule out all medical causes 1st to be safe. There is robust literature to support various visual changes that occur in mood & anxiety disorders ...Read more

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See colored spots in vision daily, pulsating vision and after images tend to last longer, feeling anxious? Have had neurological testing, eye exam.

See colored spots in vision daily, pulsating vision and after images tend to last longer, feeling anxious? Have had neurological testing, eye exam.

Migraines?: If u have been cleared by the eye doctor and the neurologist than most likely the r ocular migraines. Usually occur in individuals with history of migraines. Make sure the neurologist and eye doctor completely clears u first.
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Neurology question: ER said I had "migraine variant" but l arm still weak & tingles and l eye still blurry around edges-this really a migraine still?

Neurology question: ER said I had "migraine variant" but l arm still weak & tingles and l eye still blurry around edges-this really a migraine still?

Migraine maybe: Migraine headache can cause localized weakness and visual changes such as you describe. The er doctor probably did some testing and imaging studies to check for a stroke. If not, then this needs to be done.

If you symptoms persist or worsen, go back to the er for further evaluation... ...Read more

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What are chances of passing a neurological exam and still having a brain tumor? Neurological exam as in light/eye exam, standing on one foot, etc.

What are chances of passing a neurological exam and still having a brain tumor? Neurological exam as in light/eye exam, standing on one foot, etc.

Pretty good: Many brain tumors are relatively asymptomatic until fairly large, so one could easily have one and still have a normal neurological examination at some point in the evolution of the tumor. ...Read more

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What are chances of passing a neurological exam given by my doctor and still having a brain tumor? Neurological exam as in light/eye exam, balance, etc

What are chances of passing a neurological exam given by my doctor and still having a brain tumor? Neurological exam as in light/eye exam, balance, etc

Pass or fail?: One does not pass or fail a neurological exam. The "exam" should be a comprehensive evaluation with detailed history and selective examination and appropriate tests as deemed necessary. Then your doctor should provide an adequate explanation of his evaluation that addresses your questions. You may request a second opinion if not fully satisfied. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and double vision & neurological symptoms for 3 straight months with clear MRI & no eye problem yet still fear that I have rabies?

I have anxiety and double vision & neurological symptoms for 3 straight months with clear MRI & no eye problem yet still fear that I have rabies?

Seek help: If you were exposed through a bite from an animal that could have rabies, i.e. a bat or stray, uncaptured dog, you should have received rabies prophylaxis. If you did not, then you need to contact your physician right away. Most prople infected with rabies develop symptoms very quickly but it take up to a year. Have you discussed tgis with your doctor, had the animal tested, had DFA.
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Head ct, MRI clean. Near daily headaches with sharp pain in 1 eye and excruciating numbness in my arms. Its also not sinus. Referred 2 neurology, help?

Head ct, MRI clean. Near daily headaches with sharp pain in 1 eye and excruciating numbness in my arms. Its also not sinus. Referred 2 neurology, help?

Couple thots: You could possibly be suffering more than one problem. Head and eye consistent with a migraine syndrome, and numbness does occur transiently in classical migraine auras. But the intensity you describe brings up question of local peripheral nerve compression, which indeed might be unrelated. I think a neurologist can get you answers and treatment. ...Read more

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If an optic nerve was damaged, what doctor should I seek for eye doctor or a nerve doctor?

If an optic nerve was damaged, what doctor should I seek for eye doctor or a nerve doctor?

Actually- maybe both: Depends on what you mean when you say "optic nerve damaged" & as importantly what is the resulting disturbance in vision consequent to this damage. In other words, if the nerve is physically damaged such as by trauma then, an ophthalmologist is needed but if a clot causes a stroke in the eye & that's the cause of the damage then, a neurologist is likely better. Or both might be of value depending ...Read more

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Can Chronic Sinusitis cause eye pain&preasure and neurogical symptoms (headache, dizziness, weakness and body twitching)?

Can Chronic Sinusitis cause eye pain&preasure and neurogical symptoms (headache, dizziness, weakness and body twitching)?

Sinus symptoms: Yes, infections such as this one may cause many of these symptoms. Especially when there are flares of the infection. Fever and sinus drainage should also be symptoms for sinusitis. ...Read more