MS and your eyes

Some people with MS experience sight problems, the two most common eye movement problems are double vision (diplopia) and involuntary eye movements (nystagmus).

Double vision (diplopia)

  • If your eyes aren't working perfectly together, then you may see double. a single object may appear as two objects.
  • They may be side by side or one on top of another. Sometimes one of the images may appear tilted.

Involuntary eye movements (nystagmus)

  • Many people with MS who have nystagmus don't realise they have it, as the movement has little or no effect on their vision.
  • However, some people do notice a significant effect on their vision. Objects may seem to move back and forth, to jerk or to wiggle. This is known as oscillopsia

These booklets provide more information about the two conditions and potential treatments:

MS and Your Eyes booklet

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