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How is nystagmus treated?

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If you developed nystagmus as an adult, there may be simple things you can do to lessen its effects. Sometimes you may just have to stop a medicine or quit drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

Wear the right contacts or glasses to improve vision. It won't cure nystagmus, but it can help with other eye problems that can make it worse.

Eye muscle surgery may be an option. The goal is to help with the head tilt that often comes with nystagmus. Sometimes surgery improves vision, too.

Some drugs may ease symptoms in adults but not children. These include the anti-seizure medicine gabapentin (Neurontin), the muscle relaxant baclofen (Lioresal), and Botox.

For people who are very nearsighted, LASIK or Vision ICL can help improve eyesight. The surgeon may advisw you to take relaxation medication before the procedure to lessen the nystagmus.

From: Nystagmus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Akron Children's Hospital: "Information About Congenital Nystagmus."

EyeSmart, American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What is Nystagmus?" "Nystagmus Causes," "Nystagmus Symptoms," "Nystagmus Diagnosis," "Nystagmus Treatment."

American Optometric Association: "Nystagmus."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Nystagmus."

Medscape: "Congenital Nystagmus."

American Nystagmus Network: "Nystagmus Frequently Asked Questions," "Information for Parents of School Children with Nystagmus."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 07, 2019

SOURCES:

Akron Children's Hospital: "Information About Congenital Nystagmus."

EyeSmart, American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What is Nystagmus?" "Nystagmus Causes," "Nystagmus Symptoms," "Nystagmus Diagnosis," "Nystagmus Treatment."

American Optometric Association: "Nystagmus."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Nystagmus."

Medscape: "Congenital Nystagmus."

American Nystagmus Network: "Nystagmus Frequently Asked Questions," "Information for Parents of School Children with Nystagmus."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 07, 2019

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