Facts About Nystagmus

Nystagmus is an involuntary movement of the eyes. It is often rhythmic and can occur horizontally, vertically, or in a circular motion. This condition is usually not present at birth but can develop in the first few months of life. Nystagmus is usually permanent. 

Nystagmus Challenges

  • Nystagmus MAY lead to balance and coordination problems, vision loss, or other involuntary twitches. Eyeglasses can help correct vision problems, and many children with nystagmus learn to compensate for the involuntary eye movements. The condition usually does not interfere with reading or normal play activities of the child. These children still need visual stimulation in order to develop properly.

Nystagmus Treatment

  • It is important that caregivers and family members educate themselves about the disease and treat the child normally.