Involuntary Eyeball Movement

What Causes Involuntary Eye Movements?

Involuntary eye movements can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose involuntary eye movements, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "involuntary eye movements" as a symptom.  For example, multiple sclerosis.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
cold weather muscle weakness
fatigue after slight exertion
muscle cramps/twitching
inability to tell hot from cold
poor bodily coordination
vision disturbances
incoherent speech
hand tremors
rapid loss of vision
increased emotional instability
rapid decline in speaking ability
minor cold weather muscle spasms
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of involuntary eye movements.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate eye problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do your eyeballs (not eyelids) jerk or move involuntarily?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Rarely
→ Occasionally
→ Yes, frequently noticeably
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no involuntary eye movement, occasional involuntary eye movement, involuntary eye movement or frequent involuntary eye movement, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Multiple Sclerosis.
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