The goal is to treat underlying causes, ease symptoms, and improve vision. Sometimes nystagmus can be cured by removing the cause. This may mean stopping certain medicines, drugs, or alcohol. Many times, however, this condition is permanent. It may be reduced but not cured.
Treatment options may be:
Prisms, tints, eyeglasses, or contact lenses—to improve vision
Holding the head in a certain position—to reduce symptoms
Certain medicines to relax eye muscles such as—
Botox injections, muscle relaxers, and certain antiseizure medicines
Surgery on the eye muscles
Low-vision aids may help improve vision. They may include:
Large print or high contrast materials
There are no current guidelines to prevent nystagmus.
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