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Dr. Kenneth Adams
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Nystagmus (Overview)

Nystagmus is a rapid involuntary movement of the eyes. It can be horizontal- side to side and/or vertical up and down. Also known as "dancing eyes."


Dr. Kenneth Adams
116 Doctors shared insights

Nystagmus (Overview)

Nystagmus is a rapid involuntary movement of the eyes. It can be horizontal- side to side and/or vertical up and down. Also known as "dancing eyes."


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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
Once
Do not occlude or cover your eyes
Once
If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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How do you treat nystagmus?

Nystagmus treatment: Most nystagmus is congenital in nature and the only treatment is giving glasses or contact lenses to maximize vision. If it is new onset, it needs to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me about nystagmus and how it can be treated?

Nystagmus: Nystagmus is involuntary rapid and repetitious movement of the eyes from side to side or up and down. It occurs as a part of some other disorder
there is usually no cure for it. ...Read more

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
Daily
See your doctor to determine if your pink eye is allergic, viral, or bacterial
once
Do not use someone else's eye drops
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What is nystagmus?

What is nystagmus?

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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What is the treatment for nystagmus?

Nystagmus: Treatment depends on the cause. See a neurologist and/or neuro-ophthalmologist for an examination to determine the reason the nystagmus is present. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do not rub your eye
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What are the treatments for non-congenital nystagmus?

None: Usually no treatment for neurologic nystagmus but see a muscle specialist would certainly be indicated to make a definitive diagnosis and to recommend a treatment plan. ...Read more

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What's the cure for nystagmus?

Depends on cause: Congenital nystagmus perhaps can be helped by various prismatic lenses, but no cure. Acquired nystagmus sec to trauma might respond to vestibular rehab (epley maneuver), nystagmus in ms might be quelled by steroids or acthar if a relapse issue, but all in all, nystagmus is not a disease but rather a sign of dysfunction at the base of the brain, and need to understand cause prior to success. ...Read more

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Treating a Lazy Eye (Checklist)

Wear glasses to protect your lazy eye
Once
Get an annual eye exam
Yearly
If your condition is severe, use low vision aids
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Can you clarify what nystagmus really is?

Rapid eye (s) shaking: Nystagmus occurs frequently in those born with low vision in both eys, or conditions like albinism or aniridia. It may in part be a protective adaption to prevent too much light from hitting the retina. Sometimes it occurs with no eye problem as a wiring issue with the brain stem. Adults get short term nystagmus from intoxicants and some medications. ...Read more

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Managing Eye Twitching (Checklist)

Reduce caffeine intake
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Reduce alcohol intake
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How do I avoid developing nystagmus?

Unlikely: Most nystagmus is congenital and deals with either defects in the central vision (such as albinos) or "wiring" defects in the ocular muscular control centers. These are developmental and cannot be avoided. Adult onset nystagmus comes about most from side effects of medications or intoxications. You can avoid these by changing the medications or the behavior. ...Read more

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Does nystagmus get worse with age?

Usually not: Nystagmus is basically constant throughout life. There actually is a slight slowing with time just as most functions slow done. But the vision and function will be unchanged ...Read more

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What is nystagmus?

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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What causes nystagmus?

Nystagmus: Nystagmus can be congenital and is a life long condition. Acquired nystagmus is pathological and requires immediate assessment and treatment of the underlying pathology causing it. ...Read more

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Why do I have nystagmus?

Why do I have nystagmus?

Nystagmus: It is involuntary rapid eye movements in side tot side or up and down or rotational basis. 2 kinds: infantile and adult onset. Causes of acquired are inner ear problems, brain injury, trauma, certain medications, vitamin B12 and thiamin deficiencies, etc.
See your doctor to b e evaluated. ...Read more

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How do you treat nystagmus?

Nystagmus treatment: Most nystagmus is congenital in nature and the only treatment is giving glasses or contact lenses to maximize vision. If it is new onset, it needs to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist to determine the cause. ...Read more

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I think my friend has nystagmus?

I think my friend has nystagmus?

Are you sure?: Nystagmus is a rapid back and forth movement or the eyes, faster in one direction. It can be caused by many different things, including poor vision, neurological diseases (sometimes with vertical nystagmus), or congenitally. It can also be caused by some drugs and alcohol. Check your friends blood level. It can also be caused by pouring warm water into one ear. Do you hear me? ...Read more

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Does nystagmus get worse with age?

Usually not: Nystagmus is basically constant throughout life. There actually is a slight slowing with time just as most functions slow done. But the vision and function will be unchanged ...Read more

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What function does a nystagmus have?

Not always: Nystagmus is the reaction of the eye to congenital low vision and optic nerve disease. It also occurs when the retinal vision is disturbed or too much light enters the eye. In these cases it might be a little protective to prevent burning the retina from outside light. Some of it simply occurs with no obvious pathology and in these cases the function is unknown. ...Read more

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How do I avoid developing nystagmus?

Unlikely: Most nystagmus is congenital and deals with either defects in the central vision (such as albinos) or "wiring" defects in the ocular muscular control centers. These are developmental and cannot be avoided. Adult onset nystagmus comes about most from side effects of medications or intoxications. You can avoid these by changing the medications or the behavior. ...Read more

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What function does a nystagmus have?

No function: Is usually not desirable to have, and can be as a result of a congenital or acquired cause. Saccadic movements can appear as slow and fast, and might appear like it's nystagmus, when it's not, and are normal findings during testing. ...Read more

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Can you clarify what nystagmus really is?

Rapid eye (s) shaking: Nystagmus occurs frequently in those born with low vision in both eys, or conditions like albinism or aniridia. It may in part be a protective adaption to prevent too much light from hitting the retina. Sometimes it occurs with no eye problem as a wiring issue with the brain stem. Adults get short term nystagmus from intoxicants and some medications. ...Read more

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Can nystagmus cause wavy lines in vision?

Can nystagmus cause wavy lines in vision?

Probably not: Nystagmus from childhood brain or eye problems, sometimes with dramatic motion, does not cause a perception of what is viewed to be moving. Acquired nystagmus from injury or toxicity can cause a perception of environmental motion. The motion is linear in most cases and will not be perceived as wavy. Wavy lines are most commonly due to macular problems which your ophthalmologist can assess. ...Read more

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What should I do to improve my vision - nystagmus?

What should I do to improve my vision - nystagmus?

What is the cause: Nystagmus has many causes including balance problems, being born with very poor eye sight, tumors. Sometimes maintaining a certain position of the eyes decreases the nystagmus. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Nystagmus?

Nystagmus: Nystagmus is a rapid involuntary movement of the eyes. It can be horizontal- side to side and/or vertical up and down. Also known as "dancing eyes." ...Read more

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Will I pass my nystagmus to my baby? Is it hereditary?

Will I pass my nystagmus to my baby? Is it hereditary?

NYSTAGMUS: No it is not hereditary. It is associated with congenital esotropia, unilateral or bilateral. ...Read more

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Could you tell me a permanent cure of alternating nystagmus?

Nystagmus: Is a sign of an underlying disorder in some cases. So a thorough evaluation should be done. See a neuro-ophthalmologist or neurologist for evaluation ...Read more

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Can someone tell me about nystagmus and how it can be treated?

Nystagmus: Nystagmus is involuntary rapid and repetitious movement of the eyes from side to side or up and down. It occurs as a part of some other disorder
there is usually no cure for it. ...Read more

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Why nystagmus happen, how to control it and is it due to health problem or no any clinical significance?

Why nystagmus happen, how to control it and is it due to health problem or no any clinical significance?

Many causes: Nystagmus, which is an involuntary back and forth or up and down repetitive movement of the eyes, has a wide variety of causes. Any new onset nystagmus should be promptly evaluated by an ophthalmologist or neuro-ophthalmologist since there can be significant problems that cause it. Most cases of nystagmus are not severe, but they can be difficult to treat. ...Read more

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My eyesight is not good enough to get a drivers license because I have nystagmus. Is there anything I can do to fix it?

Maybe: There is surgery available to reduce the nystagmus. Also Botox injected behind the eye can slow it as well. These techniques can improve vision in some patients with nystagmus. ...Read more

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I have had nystagmus for at least 10 years. I only recently noticed it myself. Is this something I need to worry about if it doesn't effect my life?

I have had nystagmus for at least 10 years. I only recently noticed it myself. Is this something I need to worry about if it doesn't effect my life?

Nystagmus: Is a chronic rhythmic movement of the eyes. Most commonly, the movement is horizontal and fine. If you've already had a complete evaluation to determine the cause of the nystagmus and if it is not changing, then you don't need to worry about having it. ...Read more

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What's the cure for nystagmus?

Depends on cause: Congenital nystagmus perhaps can be helped by various prismatic lenses, but no cure. Acquired nystagmus sec to trauma might respond to vestibular rehab (epley maneuver), nystagmus in ms might be quelled by steroids or acthar if a relapse issue, but all in all, nystagmus is not a disease but rather a sign of dysfunction at the base of the brain, and need to understand cause prior to success. ...Read more