Eye on Nystagmus

Eye I. By Thomas Tolkien

  We were sitting in the exam room at our ophthalmologist yesterday and I wondered why is it so many of the SS related conditions seem impossible to pronounce without a medical degree? Silly I know, but I never take the time to find what the actual pronunciation is. The doctor comes in talking away and I think, wow, that’s not even close to how I imagined it. Nystagmus. This time the neurologist cleared up the pronunciation question: noun, nys·tag·mus \nis-ˈtag-məs\:  a rapid involuntary oscillation of the eyeballs. A curious little word with some not so funny consequences. Nystagmus is a vision condition in which the eyes make repetitive, uncontrolled movements, often resulting inreduced vision. 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 hold steady Nystagmus can be inherited and appear in early childhood or…

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