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I can voluntarily shake my eyes. Is this normal?

I can voluntarily shake my eyes. Is this normal?

Yes: Voluntary nystagmus is possible -- often quoted 8% of the population can induce it (usually convergence) high frequency and hard to sustain. ...Read more

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Randomly from time to time my eyes shake really crazy side to side then it will stop and go back to normal, why does it do that? How do I get it to st

Randomly from time to time my eyes shake really crazy side to side then it will stop and go back to normal, why does it do that? How do I get it to st

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 issue. You need to be evaluated by your ophthalmologist to determine the cause which will influence the treatment. ...Read more

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I can shake my eyes back and forth at a rapid pace, not like nystagmus, but sometimes it's involuntary. Is this normal?

I can shake my eyes back and forth at a rapid pace, not like nystagmus, but sometimes it's involuntary. Is this normal?

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 could do the same thing. It usually doesn't indicate any other eye problem. If it happens involuntarily, you should see your eye md for an exam. ...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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What does it mean if your eyes shake from side to side on their own?

What does it mean if your eyes shake from side to side on their own?

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 (malformation) and in certain forms of muscle imbalance. If less than 15 year old must see an eye md asap for diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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Why might it be that my eyes shake when i look to the left or right?

Why might it be that my eyes shake when i look to the left or right?

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. ...Read more

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I can shake my eyes. Will I damage the nerves if I shake my eyes too much?

I can shake my eyes. Will I damage the nerves if I shake my eyes too much?

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 the optic nerve and severe torsion or contusion as in blunt injury can certainly damage the optic nerve, but it is doubtful that you can generate such force voluntarily. Probably no need to worry but i would not advise overly vigorous eye shaking. ...Read more

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My daughter eyes shake and one turn in?

My daughter eyes shake and one turn in?

See your doctor: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more