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  • Nystagmus

  • Nystagmus is a vision condition in which the eyes make repetitive, uncontrolled movements.

    These movements often result in reduced vision and depth perception and can affect balance and coordination. 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 may hold their heads in unusual positions to compensate for the condition.


    • Involuntary eye movement.
    • Movement can be in one eye or both.
    • Objects may appear blurry and shaky.
    • Nighttime vision problems or sensitivity to light.
    • Balance and dizziness.
    • often associated with high refractive error and / or strabismsu (eye turn)

     Treatment options

    1) specs to correct refractive error

    2) prisms to help with postural problems such as head turn

    3) tints to reduce glare

    4) surgery to improve cosmetic appearance of a squint. Surgery is not beneficial in treating nystagmus

    5) Balance and dizziness.

    6) Optometric Vision Therapy,. often combined with syntonic phototherapy, has been shown in many cases to reduce the amount of nystagmus, thus improving quality of vision both in the distance and reading. In addition there may be some postural benefits as well. 

    NOTE: to our knowledge there have been no peer reviewed articles that have been published, supporting or dispelling the benefits of vision therapy on nystagmus, However our experience with patients of all ages is that vision therapy is beneficial in improving both distance and near vision. The nystagmus is reduced, but not often eradicated. In addition to visual performance improvements, there are often benefits seen in general posture, head positioning and balance (stability)