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The pharmacological treatment of nystagmus: a review.

Authors
  • McLean, Rebecca Jane
  • Gottlob, Irene
Type
Published Article
Journal
Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2009
Volume
10
Issue
11
Pages
1805–1816
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1517/14656560902978446
PMID: 19601699
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Nystagmus is an involuntary, to-and-fro movement of the eyes that can result in a reduction in visual acuity and oscillopsia. Mechanisms that cause nystagmus are better understood in some forms, such as acquired periodic alternating nystagmus, than in others, for example acquired pendular nystagmus, for which there is limited knowledge. Effective pharmacological treatment exists to reduce nystagmus, particularly in acquired nystagmus and, more recently, infantile nystagmus. However, as there are very few randomized controlled trials in the area, most pharmacological treatment options in nystagmus remain empirical.

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