What are the effects of vertical nystagmus in a child?

Rotatory or vertical. Nystagmus is atypical; horizontal nystagmus, not always. A pediatric ophthalmologist looks for a small optic nerve/ small fovea, rod & cone abnormalities or visual impairment. If the retina looks normal, an electroretinogram is used to test rod & cone function. If there is even a tiny concern, neurological eval & neuroimaging are done. Fyi, by 3-4 mos. A neurotypical infant can fixate on objects.

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Could a vertical nystagmus, that happens sometimes early in the morning, indicate something about the symptoms/conditions listed on my profile?

Nystagmus not alone. Vertical nystagmus is a rare neurology sign to begin with but would be extremely rare not associated with dizziness. Nystagmus is what your eyes and brain do to try to catch up to the sense of movement. Congenital nystagmus is the only way i can think of that someone cannot have dizziness/vertigo with nystagmus, but this is usually horizontal. Read more...
Nystagmus refers to. An oscillatory but not rhythmic ocular movements and has classically been divided into 2 broad categories based on the clinical appearance- pendular or jerk nystagmus. Important ? Include tempo of symptoms (sx), associated sx, and whether it is monocular/asymmetric binocular, or symmetric binocular oscillations. Both of the medications listed can cause/contribute. You need to talk with your doc. Read more...

Should I notice vision problems on my own, given a diagnosis of vertical nystagmus?

Not necessarily. Depending upon the intensity of the nystagmus as well as exactly how it gets activated a person may actually not notice too much going on in the peripheral or central visual fields. For instance if eyes are straight ahead and it's bearly perceptible you may not notice anything....However, at the moment your eyes look to one side, you may notice the fields of vision "jumping." why do you have it? Read more...

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?

Normal. Probably normal especially if you are flashing lights in her eyes. Read more...
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...