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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is nystagmus?

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  • Nystagmus is a spontaneous uncontrolled repetitive eye movement.  Most instances of nystagmus are caused by some sort of imbalance in the vestibular (balance) system which pushes the eyes away from the centre of vision.  As the eyes drift from what they are supposed to be looking at, the brain makes a quick corrective eye movement (a saccade) back to the centre.

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    A good example of a “normal” nystagmus, is to watch someones eyes as a train passes. You will notice the fine rhythmis oscillation of the eyes in the horizontal plane. 

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