What is nystagmus?
Nystagmus is an eye condition that causes involuntary eye movement. When this phenomenon occurs, the eyes may move rapidly and uncontrollably from side to side, up and down, or in a circular motion. There are two types of nystagmus: congenital and acquired. People are either born with it or develop nystagmus later in life because of an underlying disease. Individuals with nystagmus usually tilt or turn their head to help slow down eye movements. Other symptoms may include distorted vision, dizziness, sensitivity to light, and difficulty seeing in low light. If you have been experiencing sudden or chronic bouts of uncontrollable eye movement, reach out to Ticho Eye Associates today. We are located in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, and Munster, IN.
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How is nystagmus treated?
Ticho Eye Associates offers several treatment approaches for nystagmus. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for congenital nystagmus, but prescription eyeglasses or contacts may help slow down eye movement and improve vision. Acquired nystagmus can go away if the underlying condition that causes it is properly treated. Other solutions, such as stopping certain medications and alcohol use or wearing corrective lenses, may also provide some improvement. In rare cases, surgery may be used to reposition the ocular muscles to limit eye movement.
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While a full recovery for some patients with nystagmus might not be possible, our team can create a custom treatment plan that can help slow down involuntary eye movement. We can also educate you on different therapies that can make living with nystagmus more comfortable. Contact Ticho Eye Associates in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, or Munster, IN to learn more. We are here to serve you and your family with personalized eye care.