Nystagmus is a condition where the eyes move rapidly and uncontrollably. In general, there are three types:
- Side-to-side movement is known as Horizontal Nystagmus.
- Up and Down movement is known as Vertical Nystagmus.
- When one’s eyes move in a circular motion, they are said to have Rotary Nystagmus.
However, some people experience more erratic eye movements that may not fit into any of these categories.
Symptoms of Nystagmus
Symptoms of Nystagmus include:
- light sensitivity
- vision problems
- tilting of the head
- difficulty seeing in dim light
An Ophthalmologist or Eye MD can diagnose Nystagmus by performing a thorough eye exam.
What Causes Nystagmus?
Nystagmus is congenital in 80% of cases, and can present in infancy. Nystagmus may also occur as an indicator of other disorders, such as:
- inner ear problems
- Multiple Sclerosis
- head injuries
- drug/alcohol abuse
- and other genetic origins
Ophthalmologists can decrease the symptoms of Nystagmus by treating underlying issues, prescribing glasses or contact lenses, giving injections, or — in the most extreme cases — performing surgery.
If you live in the Central New Jersey area and would like to have your eyes evaluated for Nystagmus, contact our office for an appointment. We’d love to help you protect your vision.