Nystagmus (uncontrolled eye movement)


Specialty of Otolaringology

Nystagmus is a spasm of skeletal muscles of the eyeball that causes involuntary eye movements in different directions: horizontal, vertical, rotary, mixed ... Thus, to stare at an object, uncontrollable rapid eye movements occur. Although the exact cause of this anomaly is unknown, it is associated with a defect in the functioning of brain areas responsible for movement control. That is why it can be a symptom of other diseases, so each case should be examined by a specialist, giving special emphasis to the inner ear and nervous system. The use of contact lenses can slow movements while improving vision but for now there is no definitive cure, although it has tried to control these movements with drugs and surgery, neither treatment effect has emerged. Anyway, depending on the cause that provokes nystagmus, it may disappear.

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