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Why Can I Shake My Eyes
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
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
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
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
It depends on what: Exactly is shaking: lids often can flutter and is referred to as myokymia, usually not worrisome. Eyeballs can jiggle and this could be nystagmus or superior oblique myokymia. There are normal variants of nystagmus and pathologic causes as well. Impossible to comment on your situation without examining you. ...Read more
Nystagmus: I assume you have observed this on someone else. Most nystagmus is congenital and is not noticed by the person who has it unless they look in the mirror. It is commonly seen by others looking at those who have it. It is mostly mysterious but is present at birth but also can be due to early reduced vision. Later in life it is usually a side effect of some drugs. ...Read more
Stress: Sounds like stress and or anxiety. Random twitching of an eyelid, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles within a muscle). Myokymia starts and stops spontaneously. In the eyelids, it can last a few minutes to a few days. Often triggered by stress, dry eyes, caffeine, or lack of sleep. ...Read more
I'm not 100%: Certain I understand what your describing but I think this is a disturbing finding and needs evaluated by a Dr. Pronto. This sounds like something called nystagmus. It can be associated with some serious disorders and can also lead to visual disability. Please get this addressed. ...Read more
I wake up in the morning for a bit, I tend to lay back down still tired n my eyes will shake up and down, in the mirror my eyes are still but shake?
About nystagmus: Nystagmus is a shaking of the eyes that can occur under a number of circumstances, some involving signals from the inner ear to the brain. If dizzy, the eyes can shake from side to side. Up-and-down shaking is very different, not from the ear, & must be evaluated by a physician. Side-to-side shaking all the time or dizziness not explained by sudden changes in position also deserve evaluation. ...Read more
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
Hi my daughter fell hit her head picked her up her eyes rolled back and started to shake they later on noes started getting runny?
Closed head: Injury with possible seizures. It is urgent that you take your daughter to see her pediatrician or go to the emergency if she has other signs and symptoms ASAP! Runny nose may not be related to the incident. Do not give her any pain medications to avoid masking other signs and symptoms before being seen. ...Read more
I can shake my eyes at a rapid state and I’m confused on how I can do this plus I can make my vision blurry and idk why I can do that?
Not a disease:
What you are describing is a normal state of affairs and not a disease.
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Sometimes I wake up feeling the room is shaking side to side. I close my eyes & it still shakes! I sit up it goes away then comes back once I lay down?
Vertigo: Your description of the room shaking back and forth describe the symptom vertigo. If it occurs briefly with rapid position changes, you may have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. This can typically be diagnosed and treated easily by an otolaryngologist. ...Read more
On and of all day the top of my eyes hurt to touch and itch and I start to feel really funny then I start to shake could this be cancer
Eye pain: I would not jump to a conclusion of cancer. Can you explain what you mean by feeling "Funny"? Any fever/chills? Do your eyes hurt when you move them around? Any change in vision? If yes to any of these questions I would immediately go see your doctor. Also do not touch the area as it may aggravate the situation. ...Read more
My upper eyelids seem to shake whenever I close my eyes. This has been happening ever since I can barely remember. Why does this happen?
May be normal: This might be normal. But, if this bothers you too much, then it's wise to see a neurologist. ...Read more
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
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
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
This morning my dog taking a bath, accidentally water get inside my eyes while dog shake their body to get wet, is it dangerous?
No. Don't worry: The eye is equipped with an excellent immune system to fight germs. A good example is swimming in a pond or lake where lots of organisms live. In addition, unless your dog has an active infection on its skin, the newly bathe dog will not have any germs that will be hatful to you or your eyes. The soap is most likely to irritate you more than the water on the dog itself. Great question, . ...Read more
My eyes shake up n down in the morning when I lay back down sometimes, maybe im tired or just anxiety, in the mirror they aren't moving but still shake?
Sometimes I feel like my brain is shaking in my head. Or maybe my head itself shakes. Feels like my eyes are shaking too. Just a little tho?
Don't worry: Brain eyes are well supported by complex anatomical structures and membranes, they will not shake, see your doctor for good clinical examination and assurance. ...Read more
When I go to lay down my eyes shake up and down. Wierd feeling. Also have a headache for 1 second in the rear top side. Somethin wrong with my brain?
14mo old boy. Before 12 mos he put 'arms up', doesn't anymore. He says 'eyes' but not when asked or pointed to. Does not wave or shake/nod head. Norm?
Child development: If your boy has not has a check -up, schedule one asap and discuss your concerns with the pediatrician. If he was checked at 12 months, schedule a regular visit to discuss same concerns. There are numerous milestones that a normal child's development is based on, not just on 2 or 3 observations. ...Read more
I am having hyperthyroidism for about 8 years and under control. But lately my eyes are buldging seriously. I have consume herbalife shake for 6 month?
Graves disease!: Sounds like graves disease or thyroid ophthalmopathy. A condition where the muscle and fat behind the eye enlarge and push the eyes forward< "bulge" (exophthalmos). See your eye md. ...Read more
What type of nystagmus is wen the eyes only shake (side2side, one eye fast n other eye barely noticable)when focusing on something close? (1yo daughter
Nystagmus: Is a serious neurological sign in a one year old and needs evaluation by a physician ...Read more
Wondering if my cold has turned into a sinus infection. I have a terrible headache I can not shake in the front of my head around my eyes.?
Head hurts stay dizzy eyes unfocus sometimes blurry and hurt and nauseous. Been like this for 31 hours. Get the shakes at times.
Go to Urgent Care/ER: Non-specific symptoms like nausea, dizziness, or chills that persist for more than 24 hours should be further evaluated. Frequently the described symptoms can be an insignificant virus. Viruses like flu however can be both contagious and/or dangerous. Additionally, non-specific symptoms can sometimes be a manifestation of other problems like new onset diabetes. ...Read more
My eyes are always sore and when I moove them from side to side they feel strained an my jaw shakes? Even first thing in the morning
I have a bad headache, pressure behind my eyes, head hurts when I shake it. I may have fever and pain at base of spine and down the back of my thighs?
Headache and fever: Please kindly seek medical attention by going to emergency room or at-least contact your own primary care physician as fever and headache can be detrimental. This could be just a viral infection as well but it's important to have a proper evaluation to ensure proper management. ...Read more
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