Wobbly Wednesday is here. Nystagmus is a bounce of the eyes. This is a side effect but is not exclusive to albinism. It has been described similar to having ADD because the frequent bounce makes it harder to focus. There are ways to combat nystagmus to increase focus.
- Head Tilt or Null Point. This is a common and natural reaction, to turn where the eyes bounce less. This is individual and not universal. Every person with Nystagmus will have their own unique Null Point.
- Get closer to the object. As you can see in my video the further away I am for the words the harder it is to see just one. Get close and maximize the range of vision.
- Larger font. Increasing the size of the words makes them stand out. The larger individual fonts define each letter more clearly.
- Higher contrast. Ensure lighting is optimal, use a yellow high lighter to mark in between lines. Use a 20 20 pen to maximize the depth of the ink. Or use specialty paper with increased lines for clearer contrast.
- Surgery. This is individual and highly based on your doctor.
The best advice I can give you is use what you have. Don’t be afraid to get close, or if you’re the parent, let your child get close. See what works and keep it. Celebrate progress each step of the way. Thank you for checking out National Wobbly Wednesday with us. I hope you will share this post and your stories of what works for your family.