- Comprehensive eye exam. An eye doctor will complete a thorough exam to detect nystagmus. You will be asked about your specific symptoms, family history of the disease and general health problems. Your provider will complete several tests to see how your eyes move and how well they work together. The provider will also check for other eye problems, such as cataracts, misaligned eyes or retina issues.
- Further testing. Your physician or eye doctor may refer you to a specialist for further testing to confirm a diagnosis. You’ll likely need additional tests if the disease is related to another health problem. Some specialized tests include an ear exam, MRI or CT scan of the head, or neurologic exam.
- People with nystagmus may benefit from corrective lenses. Glasses and contact lenses will not cure or treat the condition, but clearer vision may help slow irregular eye movements.
- Your provider will address any underlying medical problems. They may also suggest therapy or recovery programs for substance abuse issues related to alcohol and/or drug use.
- Surgery may be recommended in rare cases. Surgical procedures will not cure nystagmus but can reposition the eye muscles. This allows you to keep your head held in a comfortable position.
Your physician and neuro-ophthalmologist will continue to monitor your condition throughout your lifetime. Follow your providers’ recommendations for how often to schedule checkups. Talk to your physician about available resources in the community for people with limited or reduced vision.