What does a nystagmus look like?

These involuntary eye movements can occur from side to side, up and down, or in a circular pattern. As a result, both eyes are unable to steadily view objects. People with nystagmus might nod and hold their heads in unusual positions to compensate for the condition.

How do you perform an OCT test?

The exam is non-invasive and painless. You simply place your chin into a chin rest and keep your eye open as you look at a target (often a blinking dot or a small picture). Then, without touching it, the OCT machine scans your eye.

What is the main cause of nystagmus?

What causes nystagmus? Jerk nystagmus usually results from diseases affecting the inner ear balance mechanisms or the back part of the brain (brainstem or cerebellum). Pendular nystagmus can result from brain diseases such as multiple sclerosis, but can be a congenital problem as well.

What can an OCT detect?

With an OCT, doctors are able to see a cross section or 3D image of the retina and detect the early onset of a variety of eye conditions and eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy (the top three diseases known to cause blindness).

How can I improve my nystagmus?

The approach that’s best for you depends on the cause of your condition, your health history and your personal preferences.

  1. Glasses or contact lenses. Clearer vision can help slow the rapid eye movements associated with nystagmus.
  2. Medications.
  3. Eye muscle surgery.
  4. Vision correction surgery.

Can I drive with nystagmus?

Of course, my immediate reaction was to give her the dirtiest of looks because surely, she of all people should know that people with Nystagmus can’t drive.

Why am I shaking my eyes on command?

Nystagmus is a condition whereby a person suffers with involuntary, uncontrollable eye movements. The condition can often make someone’s eyes look like they are shaking, moving quickly either from side to side, up and down, or in a circular motion.

What is the pathophysiology of nystagmus?

Nystagmus is defined by rhythmic, abnormal eye movements with a “slow” eye movement driving the eye off the target followed by a second movement that brings the eye back to the target. The movement can be horizontal, vertical, torsional or a combination of these movements.

What is nystagmus (nustazein)?

comes from the Greek word “nystagmos” meaning drowsiness and “nustazein” meaning to nod off or be sleepy. It can be described as periodic, involuntary movements of one or both eyes in either a fast or slow oscillatory motion. By definition, nystagmus starts by a slow movement of the eye away from the visual target.

Is nystagmus pendular or circular?

By definition, nystagmus starts by a slow movement of the eye away from the visual target. The second movement brings the eye back to the visual target. If the second movement is slow, the nystagmus is said to be pendular.

How long does nystagmus last?

Nystagmus most commonly affects both of the eyes. It may only last seconds, or may be permanent. There are two types of nystagmus. In pendular nystagmus, the eye motion is like a pendulum swinging back and forth.