Neurodegenerative Vision Problems

neurodegenerative vision problems

When Your Eyes Have A Mind Of Their Own You move your eyes more than your heart beats. Vision problems often are one of the mysterious, unexplained symptoms people are plagued with long before their doctor knows what is wrong. While not as frequent as sensorineural hearing loss or balance issues a large percentage will suffer from some vision disturbance. Anisocoria, diplopia, nystagmus, dry eyes, or phantom images in your peripheral vision should all sound an alarm. An experienced ophthalmologist will recognize you may be exhibiting an early symptom of a neurodegenerative disorder and suggest neurology consults. Superficial Siderosis patients may have at least one of these symptoms or they can be an overachiever like Gary. At one time he was experiencing every vision problem we just listed. Years earlier Gary’s optometrist had diagnosed early dry macular degeneration in one eye so he always has regular screenings. I see an…

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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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