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Conditions We Treat: Nystagmus

Nystagmus is an uncontrollable rhythmic movement of the eyes. Nystagmus commonly happens with other problems of balance and vestibular disorders affecting the ear (peripheral) and the brain (central). Nystagmus may be temporary and only occur with vertigo attacks, or it can be persistent.

Nystagmus: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

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  • Johns Hopkins neurologists have treated many people with visual and vestibular conditions that are responsible for nystagmus, and our physicians can evaluate for the cause of nystagmus and recommend any necessary treatment. 
  • If your nystagmus or vertigo is due to benign paroxysmal vertigo (BPPV) [HL link to come], our experts are trained to treat this disorder using repositioning techniques such as the Epley maneuver, which uses gravity to dislodge calcium crystals in the inner ear that are causing your vertigo. 
  • Johns Hopkins developed the “HINTS” exam, a widely known test that can help your doctor tell if your vertigo is due to a stroke or an inner ear condition such as vestibular neuritis. 

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Nystagmus Treatments

Treatment for nystagmus depends on the underlying cause. Some medications may help ease the visual discomfort of persistent nystagmus; your doctor can recommend them if they are likely to help you.

Your Neuro-Visual and Vestibular Team  

Dr. Newman-TokerDr. Newman-Toker, Director, Division of Neuro-Visual & Vestibular Disorders

Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to advancing neuro-visual and vestibular conditions’ treatment and research, and improving patients' lives.



Daniel Gold, D.O. 
Amir Kheradmand, M.D.
David Newman-Toker, M.D., Ph.D.
David Zee, M.D.

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To request an appointment or refer a patient, please contact the Vestibular Disorder Staff at 410-955-9313.
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