If a child is born with the condition it is not always a symptom of any other problem and many lead perfectly normal lives.
A late onset of the condition can be linked to other conditions such as, stroke, multiple sclerosis or a blow to the head.
All patients suffering from this condition should be refrred to an ophthalmologist.
If the patient has other refractive errors such as long sight, short sight or astigmatism, these can e corrected with spectacles, although the nystagmus cannot be corrected.
Some eye care specialists have developed programmes to help nystagmus patients control the problem. Occasionally surgery maybe undertaken to reduce uncontrolled movement. There are no real cures for the problem however sufferers do get used to dealing with it and it does not result in blindness
For comprehensive information about nystagmus see 'The Nystagmus Network '
Nystagmus is an uncontrolled movement of the eyes, usually from side to side, but sometimes the eyes swing up and down or even in a circular movement.
Most people with nystagmus have reduced vision.
Babies can be born with the condition and this is called 'congenital nystagmus' whilst onset later in life is referred to a ' aquired nystagmus'.