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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 rapid involuntary movement of the eyes. It can be horizontal- side to side and/or vertical up and down. Also ...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

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My daughter dx w/acquired Nystagmus @13m.Shes 20m n it seems to be going away.Hardly see her eyes shake.What does this mean?Will it go away completely

Likely lifelong: The nystagmus obviously has diminished in her case and hopefully the vision is good to normal. While the diminution is steady, she will probably end up with some instability which can be seen at the higher magnification with a slit lamp (a standard diagnostic instrument used by ophthalmologists). Enjoy the fact that it is hardly noticeable and hopefully the vision is good. ...Read more

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Should people ( or more so me) who can "activate" nystagmus in their eyes get checked out by a doctor?

Should people ( or more so me) who can "activate" nystagmus in their eyes get checked out by a doctor?

Not really: Its an involuntary fast uncontrollable eye movement. Side to side (horizontal nystagmus) up and down (vertical nystagmus) rotary (rotary or torsional nystagmus) depending on the cause, these movements may be in both eyes or in just one eye. It could be congenital at birth or acquired from injury or disease. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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I spend between 12-14 hrs on computer. Eyes jump to the top & then i center them. Occurs only during/after computer use. Is it nystagmus? No shaking.

I spend between 12-14 hrs on computer. Eyes jump to the top & then i center them. Occurs only during/after computer use. Is it nystagmus? No shaking.

Not classic for: Nystagmus. Possibly dry eyes from staring at computer too long and not blinking enough. By looking up, you are partially blinking. Try artificial tears or try more frequent purposeful blinking. ...Read more

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Are there any glasses that could correct the vision at least 50%? I have albinism with eyes problems: nystagmus, astigmatism, photophobia.

Are there any glasses that could correct the vision at least 50%? 
I have albinism with eyes problems: nystagmus, astigmatism, photophobia.

Probably not: Vision in albinism is limited by the effect of the lack of pigment on the central vision which is permanently lowered. You are asking if eyeglasses can improve on your current best and that is unlikely assuming you have already seen an ophthalmologist for eyeglasses and eye evaluation. ...Read more

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What other tests can be done on a 1year old for acquired nystagmus? MRI came back good. very slight astigmatism in right eye, otherwise healthy eyes.

What other tests can be done on a 1year old for acquired nystagmus? MRI came back good. very slight astigmatism in right eye, otherwise healthy eyes.

Serial neuro exams: In addition to being followed by a pediatric ophthalmologist I would make sure that you have a good pediatric neurologist and a pediatrician coordinating care. Not necessary to have more tests per se but careful serial exams, and monitoring for pituitary dysfunction (in case nystagmus is due to a condition called Septo-Optic Dysplasia ...Read more

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Albinism? 1. light blonde hair 2. 4 months old 3. no signs of nystagmus 4. eyes looks violet 5. baby has had a small freckle on leg since birth

Albinism? 1. light blonde hair 2. 4 months old 3. no signs of nystagmus 4. eyes looks violet  5. baby has had a small freckle on leg since birth

Unlikely: If the pediatrician has not said anything by this point then, my hunch is that it would be unlikely especially with your description of blond hair as opposed to White hair. I am also assuming the child has had at least one ophthalmological examination to this point. If they haven't said anything yet then, again unlikely. ...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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What would cause nystagmus as different "speads" in each eye?

What would cause nystagmus as different "speads" in each eye?

Several possibilitie: There are may possibilities however the most serious and concerning is a central nervous system injury. You should see your doctor for a full and complete exam. You need to rule out a serious problem ...Read more

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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

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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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What is the cure for the eye condition nystagmus?

No cure: Nystagmus is usually a congenital condition (you are born with it) and has no cure or treatment. ...Read more