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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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Dr. Kenneth Adams
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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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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 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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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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Sometimes my head involuntary shakes and causes my eyes to briefly close. Could this be Tourette's syndrome?

Sometimes my head involuntary shakes and causes my eyes to briefly close. Could this be Tourette's syndrome?

Head: There are many causes for head shaking. You should see a neurologist to check it out as soon as possible ...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 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