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Scientists overturn long-held view that origin of nystagmus lies within the brain

Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience highlight that the cause of nystagmus is retinal rather than neurological

23 Sep 2019 by Selina Powell

A shift in thinking around the cause of nystagmus has been described in a new study published in PLOS Biology.

Researchers highlight that the origins of congenital nystagmus are retinal rather than neurological.

They shared that electrical oscillations in retinal neurons cause the eye condition by causing rhythmic signals to the brain.

Experiments in mice using medication to stop, slow and speed up the oscillation of retinal cells resulted in the eye movements of mice following a corresponding pattern.

Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience group leader, Maarten Kamermans, highlighted that the discovery enables targeted searches for new treatments.

“These treatments should aim to desynchronise or stop the electrical oscillations in the retina,” he said.

Image credit: Pixabay/SofieZborilova


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