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What is non-congenital nystagmus caused from?

I'm 24 and was recently diagnosed with it. It had never been diagnosed in any previous eye exams that I had. Most of the information I found says it might be neurological, but that's all I can really find. Any additional info. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

yes neurological. brain damage or lack of development  (+ info)

Can someone with Natural Congenital Nystagmus get Lasik Surgery?

Was born with it. Got it from my dad. Eyes move from left to right really fast. Got so much hell for it when I was a kid. Thank God my kids don't have it. Also have a REALLY high astigmatism. Can it be fixed or helped?

You wouldn't be able to have lasik surgery, but you could probably have limbal relaxation surgery to improve the astigmatism. This is where they make cuts at the edge of your cornea (the limbus) to adjust it back to a rounder shape - this generally works quite well and it's pretty straightforward. Unfortunately there's nothing you can do about the nystagmus though.
See an ophthalmologist for an opinion - I think they'll be able to help.  (+ info)

Does anyone know anything about non-congenital nystagmus and any treatments available?

I was diagnosed with nystagmus two years ago. It was not something I was born with and was not the result of any head trauma. Also, my MRI came back clean. I can't seem to find any info on adult onset nystagmus. Any info available would be very helpful and much appreciated.

Check webmd.com  (+ info)

what states is it illegal to drive if you have congenital nystagmus?

Good question. I am not aware of any states that specifically make it illegal simply by 'having' the disorder. I do know in some that it is a matter of your visual acuity. Basically judging you on the same standards as anyone else -- If you can pass a visual acuity test then you can drive. I believe the limit is 20/40.

Many people with nystagmus, as I understand, have visual acuity that is not that good.. and is a result of the nystagmus -- thus cannot be corrected. This would prevent those with lesser acuities from driving.

Maybe someone else knows more..  (+ info)

can a 20 year old's eye problem of CONGENITAL NYSTAGMUS be cured ?

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I suppose the eye people will first try a treating by covering the good eye and see if this will correct the problem. If not then they will do surgery on the muscles which control the movements of the eye ball.  (+ info)

hi i have a daugther shes 4 and she has congenital nystagmus i will like know if there any cure?

I was born with nystagmus. I saw eye doctors for years. I didn't require surgery, just special glasses until I was 18 or so. (I had perfect vision). I would suggest that you consult an opthomologist (a physician who specializes in eye problems) to see if an eye patch, lenses or surgery is needed for your daughter.  (+ info)

Congenital Nystagmus?

does anyone out there have congenital nystagmus? my son is 4 and 1/2 years old and has it.
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http://www.emedicine.com/oph/topic688.htm read this to get some info...good luck. hope everything turns out okay.  (+ info)

Anyone know anything about congenital nystagmus?? Please help me!!?

My one year old has congenital nystagmus. From the day he was born his eyes have moved real fast back an forth. I took him to the doctor many times and he said it was normal. Until one day I got mad at the doctor and made him sit and watch for a few minutes. He then said it was congenital nystagmus. I have been reading a lot about it and have found it could be caused from head trauma. Well the nurse that was checking me had long fake nails. She broke my water when checking me. And my son has 3 scares on the top of his head that look like finger marks. Some doctors tell me it's just birth marks but some tell me it is from her nails. I have changed doctors to get my son the help he needs. He had a e.e.g. done that came back abnormal we are now waiting to see another doctor in tulsa. I just wanted to know what you all think please let me know. thanks

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Congenital nystagmus is what i mean?

Nystagmus is an unintentional jittery movement of the eyes. Nystagmus usually involves both eyes and is often exaggerated by looking in a particular direction.

Minor degrees of nystagmus at the extremes of gaze are normal. Many conditions are associated with nystagmus. Sometimes, the brain's control of eye movements is poor, resulting in an inability to look steadily at an object.

Have a look at the link below. Hope it helps.  (+ info)

Congenital Nystagmus Question?

I'm 19 years old and in my 4th semester of college. I've never had to really read my text books before now, but now that I do I've noticed that my nystagmus really kind of makes it hard to. I don't like eletronic books and enlarged text books actually make it more difficult to read.
Anyway, I actually am kind of worried that my vision getting worse, sometimes I experience split vision and things around me seem to get really fuzzy for a few minutes. I started out legally blind, but am now up to 20/60 in one eye and 20/70 in another eye. Is it possibly my vision is going to start getting worse again? How does nystagmus usually progress?
I already know I have nystagmus I was diagnosed at 6 months

I haven't heard about any Nystagmus cases getting worse and usually it is not your Nystagmus that affects your vision but an underlying problem such as short/long sightedness, myopia etc. I went through a phase when I thought my sight was becoming worse but it turned out my eyesight had improved but the change although slight had made an impact in my vision for a few months until my brain got used to it  (+ info)

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