Special Needs – Nystagmus

Special Needs Guide

Nystagmus: Nystagmus is any form of involuntary, rhythmic eye movement. It may occur in horizontal, vertical, or semicircular paths. Nystagmus usually involves both eyes and is often exaggerated by looking in a particular direction. Approximately 1 in every 1000 children has some form of nystagmus.  It is often classified as a form of strabismus, which means the eyes don’t necessarily work together at all times. Some side effects of this condition can include vision loss and some difficulty with coordination. All forms of nystagmus are involuntary, meaning people with the condition cannot control their eyes. Nystagmus sometimes improves as a person reaches adulthood.  It can worsen when a person is tired or feeling stress. Treatment: There are several treatments used to help people with this condition.  Drugs such as Botox can sometimes reduce eye movements, although it is just a temporary measure.  Both eye glasses and contacts are often prescribed to help people see better.

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