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Re: Nystagmus how do you know?

Posted By CCF neuro MD MM on March 19, 1999 at 12:35:10:

In Reply to: Nystagmus how do you know? posted by Allison on March 19, 1999 at 09:35:36:

I was wondering if you could tell me if a person would know that they had
nystagmus or would it only be apparent to a doctor?  I have a problem where
my eyes tend to go into a stare easily and in that, things go wavy.  Kind
of like heat waves.  I was just wondering what nystagmus would look like to the
person that had it?  Thank you

Nystagmus is a jerky movement of the eyes which is seen when the  eyes
are diverted to one side or the other, instead of holding a steady
position they jerk slightly back and forth.
Since the eyes need to be at the extremes of vision it would be very
difficult to diagnose it in yourself.
The effort of trying to look at your own eyes in a mirror fronm the side
would probably cause some subtle jerking so I do not think you
could relaably detect it youself.
Nystagmus does not in any case cause the sort of symptoms you describe,
it is usaally found on examination, rather than reported as a problem
by the patient.

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