Nystagmus, also known as “dancing eyes,” happens when your eyes develop rapid, involuntary, and repetitive movements. According to n, it is one of the vision errors that commonly start during childhood. This is why we recommend having your child undergo a comprehensive eye exam as early as six months of age. Let your trusted optometrists discuss this condition in detail.
Types and Causes
There are two major classifications of nystagmus depending on their causative factors. The congenital type, for example, usually develops when your child is only six weeks up to three months of age. The acquired kind, on the other hand, may be caused by underlying neurological or medical disorders, like tumors.
The hallmark sign of this vision error is the constant shaking or jerking of your child’s eyes. This may be horizontally (side to side), vertically (up and down), even rotary (circular). They may also experience blurred vision and balance problems. You may also see them tilting their head to one side.
During your child’s eye exam, we may ask them to spin for around 30 seconds. Afterward, we may ask them to stare at a specific point or object. If we notice one of their eyes moving slowly towards one direction, followed by a quick change to the opposite side, this may indicate nystagmus. We may also check their visual acuity to measure the degree of needed vision correction. We may have them undergo imaging procedures as well to check for any hidden tumors.
Vision Therapy as Corrective Treatment
Vision training is a non-surgical method to helping improve your child’s vision. You can think of it as physical therapy for their eyes. Based on our assessment results, we will come up with a set of activities and exercises to train their eye muscles. This method uses a multi-sensory approach to improve their eye muscles’ coordination. It also helps enhance their eyes’ focusing abilities to reduce blurred vision and develop better eye-hand coordination.