Nystagmus eyes exhibit rapid rhythmic movement usually in the horizontal plane and is quite common in MS.
Acquired Pendular Nystagmus is the form most commonly presented in MS and is due to a loss of coordination between the eyes. This may be caused by a lesion affecting the Cranial Nerve III (Oculomotor Nerve) or IV (Abducens Nerve).
Movement and Sound Phosphenes are unusual optical sensations caused by MS nerve damage giving rise to extraneous nerve signals.
I have personally experienced these light flashes but have also seen patches of light which persist for several seconds. The patches of light resemble ghostly apparitions floating around the far corner of my bedroom.
Optic Neuritis can cause severe visual problems; from poor focus to double-vision and can be terribly debilitating.
An especially bad episode was rectified by a short-term high dose of the sterois prednisolone. This provided a quick fix to the immediate problem but, visual problems remain.
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