Eye on Nystagmus

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It was late 2014. Gary and I were waiting in his new ophthalmologists exam room when I wondered why is it so many of the superficial siderosis related conditions seem impossible to pronounce without a medical degree? Silly I know, but I’m never clear what the actual pronunciation is. The doctor comes in talking and I think, wow, that’s not even close to how I imagined it. This time Gary’s neurologist cleared up the pronunciation question. Nystagmus, noun, nys·tag·mus \nis-ˈtag-məs\:  a rapid involuntary oscillation of the eyeballs. A curious word describing a condition with some very annoying consequences. Nystagmus is a vision condition in which the eyes make repetitive uncontrolled movements. 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 may be accompanied by unusual head positions and head nodding in an attempt

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Neurodegenerative Vision Problems

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You move your eyes more often than your heart beats. Vision problems 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 ophthalmologist, so I mentioned his vision problems during my

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