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I think my boyfriend has nystagmus? His eyes move funny?

I think my boyfriend has nystagmus? His eyes move funny?

Involuntary movement: Nystagmus is an involuntary movement of both eyes under defined conditions. People can be born with it. If it begins after childhood, a neurological examination is necessary. The movements can be the same velocity in all directions (pendular) or more rapid in one direction than the other (jerk). The vision is usually reduced, but it can be surprisingly good. There is no effective cure. ...Read more

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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 is nystagmus and what causes the eyes to move rapidly?

Which is nystagmus and what causes the eyes to move rapidly?

Can be both: Nystagmus can be congenital or acquired. Congenital form can associate with an underlying hereditary eye disease or by itself alone. Acquired form can be from certain medications, diseases that affect the eye sight or neurologic conditions. Congenital forms occur from day one after birth, while acquired forms can happen any time during life time. Any nystagmus should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Can you please define nystagmus and what causes the eyes to move rapidly?

Can you please define nystagmus and what causes the eyes to move rapidly?

It is : Uncontrolled eye movements where the eyes move continuously. Nystagmus is common in people who have poor vision prior to age 4. It can also occur with neurologic conditions as well. ...Read more

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Is it normal when you stare at something for a long time your eyes will try to look somewhere else and re focus? I think I have nystagmus if i stare too long they move

Is it normal when you stare at something for a long time your eyes will try to look somewhere else and re focus? I think I have nystagmus if i stare too long they move

Can be normal: Your eyes sometimes get tired of focusing particularly at the computer for long periods. Best to get up and walk around every hour or so to break up the focus. This is not nystagmus. ...Read more

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I get intermittent nystagmus. It started a few years ago and happens on average once daily. Not only when eyes are tired. Any possible causes ?

I get intermittent nystagmus. It started a few years ago and happens on average once daily.  Not only when eyes are tired. Any possible causes ?

Not normal: It's difficult to say whether this is a harmless situation for you over the internet. There are a few conditions that really carry no risk for you, but there are also a few that could be dangerous. You should definitely consider getting checked out by your doc. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have horizontal nystagmus in my left eyes .i have great difficulties in daily chores.what can i do to control shaking to get a clearer vision?

I have horizontal nystagmus in my left eyes .i have great difficulties in daily chores.what can i do to control shaking to get a clearer vision?

Nystagmus: Although many inner ear problems can cause nystagmus, the horizontal nystagmus in one eye at your age may be due to muscle weakness. I strongly urge you to see and EYE doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What to do if I have nystagmus I want to join the military I got disqualified because my vision is 8.5 2/60 both eyes is there anyway around my disqualifi?

Not really: If you this since birth then there is no solution. Nystagmus is neurological problem which can cause visual deficiency. Please consult your ophthalmologist. Sorry, good luck. ...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 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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Would lack of oxygen at birth cause nystagmus of the eyes?

Would lack of oxygen at birth cause nystagmus of the eyes?

Yes: Brainstem damage can affect the neural pathways which control eye movements. ...Read more