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NYSTAGMUS

Homeopathy Treatment for NYSTAGMUS

A young patient with involuntary movement of both the eyes and no other symptoms. The condition is NYSTAGMUS.

Nystagmus is the rhythmic oscillation of eyes. It is sign of disease of either the ocular or the vestibular system and its connection . it is described as either pendular or jerky involuntary eye movements from side to side like a pendulum. These movements must be sustained and demonstratable within binocular gaze.

            The pendular movements are to and fro and similar, both in velocity and amplitude. It is always binocular, horizontal and present in all direction of gaze. It is the disease of the vestibule-cochlear nerve (eight carnial nerve)

TYPES

There are two types of nystagmus: congenital and acquired.Uploaded Image

Congenital nystagmus

This type of nystagmus starts in infants, usually between 6 weeks and 3 months old. Children with this condition tend to have it in both eyes, which move side to side. Usually doctors do not know what is causing the child’s condition. Sometimes it is inherited (passed down from parents to children).

Children with nystagmus typically do not see things as “shaking.” Instead, they may have some blurry vision.

Acquired nystagmus

This condition happens later in life. It has many causes, including serious medical conditions or drug and alcohol use.

Unlike children with congenital nystagmus, adults with nystagmus often say that things around them look shaky.

 Causes

The brain controls eye movement. Your eyes move automatically to adjust when you move your head slightly. This stabilizes the image that you are looking at so you see a sharper image. In people with nystagmus, the areas of the brain that control eye movements do not work properly.

In some cases, it is not clear why someone has nystagmus. In other cases, nystagmus may be related to other eye problems.

Nystagmus can be related to the following:

  • Having a family history of nystagmus
  • Albinism (lack of color, or pigmentation, in the skin)
  • A wide range of eye problems in infants/children, including cataracts, strabismus and focusing problems
  • Inner ear problems, such as Meniere’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke (a common cause of acquired nystagmus in older people)
  • Head injury (a common cause of acquired nystagmus in younger people)
  • Use of certain medications, such as lithium or anti-seizure medications
  • Alcohol or drug use

Nystagmus Symptoms

The main symptom of nystagmus is rapid eye movement that cannot be controlled. Usually the movement is side to side. It can also be up and down or circular. The movement can vary between slow and fast, and it usually happens in both eyes.

In addition to rapid eye movement, nystagmus symptoms include:

  • sensitivity to light
  • dizziness
  • difficulty seeing in the dark
  • vision problems
  • holding the head in a turned or tilted position
  • the feeling that the world is shaking

 

Homoeopathic Treatment

Agaricus muscarius  suits oscillating eyeballs where accompanying physical symptoms include vertigo, marked and persistent with a constant impulse to fall backward, and twitching of eyelids and facial muscles. Reading is difficult, as the type seems to move or swim; often there is double vision, dim and flickering. Spasms of accommodation; twitching of eyelids and eye-balls. Narrowing of space between the eyelids.

Carboneum hydrogenisatum has steady and extreme oscillation of the eyeballs, eyes are distorted, lids are half closed and dark bodies move in front of the eyes. Pupils are insensible to light. Vertigo, worse going into open air.

Caprum metallicum affects the nerves of the cerebrospinal axis and muscles causing spasmodic effects convulsions and cramps of violent form. Aching over the eyes; fixed, staring , sunken. Glistening and turned upwards. The eyeballs rotate quickly behind closed lids or roll from side to side. Bruised pain in the orbits, worse moving the eyes.

Cicuta virosa patients persistently stare at the objects. Strabismus, spasmodic movements after a fall or blow, letters go up and down or disappear when reading. Effects of exposure to snow, eyes roll, jerk and stare. Eyelids twitch,

Zincum metallicum has ptosis and rolling of eyes. Blurring of one half of vision, worse stimulants. Squinting, itching and soreness of lids and inner angles. Nystagmus may bev accompanied by restless feet, which are in continous motion; cannot keep them still.