Uncontrolled Eye Movements

Nystagmus is the medical term for involuntary eye movements. The eyes might move up and down, in a circular motion or from side to side. Not surprisingly, nystagmus makes it very difficult to see with clarity.

Causes of Nystagmus

Nystagmus can occur at any time: from early childhood to adulthood. There can be many causes of this condition, including:

  • Undeveloped eye movement
  • Illness or disease
  • Stroke
  • Head trauma
  • Inner ear inflammation
  • Medications
  • Disease of the central nervous system
  • High refractive error
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Alcohol or drug abuse

While there is no cure for nystagmus, the doctors at the Eye Care Center of Colorado will work hard to identify treatment options to help control the condition. Options may include lifestyle or medication changes, low vision aids or surgery.

If you are suffering from nystagmus, contact us to schedule an eye exam and speak to our specialists about treatment options.