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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"I love the work Dr. Ticho does. He is reassuring, kind, and very professional. His staff is always friendly and polite, and the office spaces are always clean. We had already been to the Illinois Eye Institute and tried the patches and the prisms. But his eye turn wasn't improving at all. So I decided to try Dr. Ticho. He examined my son's eyes and told us the patches and prisms would never work because the turn was too significant. At this visit for my son, Dr. Ticho noticed that I had strabismus as well and asked about it. I told him I had been told by multiple doctors that I was too old for anything to be done about it. They said my brain would not adapt to any correction, so I just dealt with it. He told me what they said wasn't true and that he could correct my eyes as well. My son and I had surgery on the same day, May 30th, 2019. Both surgeries were done with no issues. And the end result was neither of us had any hint of a turn anymore. For decades I dealt with not being able to focus properly, problems with my depth perception, and seeing the shocked faces of people watching both my eyes slowly drifting away from each other while I talked. I didn't want my son to deal with any of that and Dr. Ticho made sure he never would. My whole family sees him now. I have had several laser procedures done on my eyes with no mistakes. You can feel safe knowing that your eyes are in excellent hands."- S.B. / Google / Jul 29, 2022
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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.
Limit eye movement
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.