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Last week after a busy day at daycare I noticed my 8 yr old daughters' eyes were rolling vertical and to the left and/or right together quite frequently. This was happening as she was speaking and she wouldn't miss a beat, as if she had no clue it was happening. She said she felt fine, her behavior was normal but the eyes wouldn't stop rolling. After a few hours of this I decided to take her to the ER. So within the next two days we did a CT scan and an MRI. Both came back normal and our next step is to see a neuro opthamologist. Its going to be 2 more weeks until the appointment and her eyes are still rolling, worse when she's tired. This is driving me crazy. Has anyone experienced this? Any advice? Thanks. Rolling Eyes
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replied August 8th, 2009
My 5 year old son is doing the same thing. He does not move his eyes as he sleeps. This seems to point to a tic. We will visit a neurologist this week. We have been told not to discuss this in front of him or draw his attention to it. It may be caused by stress. His older brother was very sick about 3 weeks ago and this started about a week after we got home from the hospital. The pediatrician said it looked like a transient tic, so it should go away within 6 months. I hope this helps! Please let us know what your neuro opthamologist says and we will let you know what our pediatric neurologist says. Thanks!
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replied August 15th, 2009
The pediatric neurologist has concluded that our 5 year old son has a tic. We hope it goes away over the next couple of months. The neurologist felt that the sickness of his older brother may have been the trigger.
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replied July 5th, 2011
Hello,

I just read a post of yours from 2009 when your son was diagnosed with a transient eye rolling tic. Just wondering if it indeed went away after a few months? My son just started this last week and doc said same thing that it was transient and would go away in 2-3 months likely but I'm not so sure.
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replied October 21st, 2011
Hoping for replies
I have a daughter with the same thing. I'm wishing someone would have updated their posts with what they ever found out. My daughter's has been going on for about a year now, I've ignored it like they say to do with tics, but it's not going away and her reading is suffering. Whenever she rolls her eyes she has to try and re-focus on the sentence she is reading and she is starting to fail language arts class. Very different for a straight A student.
Just wondering if anyone has found an answer to this yet?
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replied October 28th, 2011
Eye Rolling
If it is a tic make sure to give your child a calcium supplement with Magnesium. The childhood vitamins have very little Magnesium in them. Nutrition Now Rhino Calcium with Vitamin D has the highest amount of Magnesium you will find in a Calcium supplement. A lot of kids with tics are deficient in Magnesium. You can find this vitamin at Whole Foods. Also, she may have eye allergies also called Ocular allergies. Get an eyedrop prescription for Pataday. This will help her eyes if they are irritated from allergies.
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replied April 7th, 2013
I'm dealing with the same thing and I see no follow ups or updates. This is only a few weeks for me, but I'm terrified. How r u guys doing now?
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replied April 23rd, 2013
I also have just recently been experiencing my 6 yr daughter having eye rolling. Was noticed at school by her teachers on April 9th. We had an appt that day with her psychologist and spoke with her about it, as my daughter is being treated for generalized anxiety disorder and depression and was placed on Zoloft for it back in January. We were told it wasn't likely the Zoloft perhaps the medications she was on for treatment of croup(antibiotic Zithromax which my daughter has taken before, and Orapred a new medication for her). She has now seen her primary doctor and we were told it could be related to the virus that caused her croup, but to be sure she has a EEG this week April 25 and she is seeing the eye doctor next week. We also noticed that last month she started having difficulty going to sleep and staying asleep at night again, and that she is restless while sleeping. I have been trying to have her tested for ADD but so far no one will test her for this as she has difficulty focusing mentally most of the time and exhibits hyperactive behavior. I'll keep posting as I find out more. I understand your fears.
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replied April 23rd, 2013
I also have just recently been experiencing my 6 yr daughter having eye rolling. Was noticed at school by her teachers on April 9th. We had an appt that day with her psychologist and spoke with her about it, as my daughter is being treated for generalized anxiety disorder and depression and was placed on Zoloft for it back in January. We were told it wasn't likely the Zoloft perhaps the medications she was on for treatment of croup(antibiotic Zithromax which my daughter has taken before, and Orapred a new medication for her). She has now seen her primary doctor and we were told it could be related to the virus that caused her croup, but to be sure she has a EEG this week April 25 and she is seeing the eye doctor next week. We also noticed that last month she started having difficulty going to sleep and staying asleep at night again, and that she is restless while sleeping. I have been trying to have her tested for ADD but so far no one will test her for this as she has difficulty focusing mentally most of the time and exhibits hyperactive behavior. I'll keep posting as I find out more. I understand your fears.
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replied May 11th, 2013
Updates: Eye Doctor states eyes okay, probably just a tick. EEG results:Abnormal. Do not know the full results at this time, and will probably not know more until we see the pediatric neurologist the beginning of June. Anyone else have updates or information? Please let me know.
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replied July 1st, 2012
Eye rolling
My 8 year old starting eye rolling and was diagnosed with strep, but after amoxicillin was finished, tics continued. Pediatrician sent us to ophthalmologist who said she was fine there but wondered if it was PANDAS. We are seeing infectious disease specialist tomorrow but if it is PANDAS, it wasn't the severe cases described on Internet. She also complains stomach and head hurt. I had her retested for strep but negative this time. Never had sore throat or fever.
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replied November 9th, 2012
If your child is still sick get a Lymes test. Find a Lymes Literate Doctor. Infectious disease doctor won't help. Insist on Lymes test and strep test (not the throat test) Lymes patients have nervous tics, tummy aches, headaches, and strep harbors in body. Antibotics makes them better than when finished symptoms come back, sometimes worse. Also read up on Lymes, but not the CDC version. Stress, sickness and exhaustion can all flare up Lymes. Test are VERY unreliable so find a Lymes doctor- don't wait!
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replied August 21st, 2009
Eye rolling
This has just started with my almost seven year old daughter. We knew about a year ago that she had exophoria but her eye doctor did not want her in glasses at her age because that would not help the eye muscles to strengthen on their own. Now it is a year later and suddenly she is rolling her eyes. Just like the first lady, she doesn't miss a beat and does not realize she is doing it. I took her back to the eye doctor and he did several tests and concluded that she is automatically trying to correct her eyes. He said it is probably bothering me more than her but this is breaking my heart. It is so sudden. Then I feel guilty because their are parents dealing with a whole lot worse than this. The doctor said it could also be a bit of a tic combined with the exophoria. I wish I had more answers.
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replied August 23rd, 2009
My son was diagnosed with a transient motor eye tic last summer when he was 5 1/2 yo. It lasted for about 6-8 weeks and then stopped completely. He had some days where he was rolling his eyes all day long, and some days where it happened for a short period of time and then stopped for the rest of the day. We were also told that we should ignore it and not say anything to him about it. Unfortunately, after being tic free for 10 months, they have started up again. It's so hard to watch him try to keep his eyes focused. He doesn't complain about it, or even mention it to us. But it's impossible to miss it. Poor guy. I wasn't expecting this problem to return. One thing that I notice is that he seemed to have a large growth sput last year at the time when his eyes were ticking. Again, this year, it seems like he might be growing significantly. Coincidence? Don't know.
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replied September 30th, 2009
im 20 and i have had this eye rolling problem for around 4 years i have been to the doctors on numerous occasions and had the hospital cancel apps with them, i have found a lot of people the same as me and hoped someone can shed some light, i dont notice a lot of the time unless im on my own but it happens a lot and my parents notice it all of the time. its starting to get annoying help me Sad
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replied November 23rd, 2009
eyes rolling to side
Our 4 year old daughter started rolling her eyes to the side about 5 weeks ago now and I have taken her the the eye doctor who told me that her eye's could be dry and to give her drops and to pick up a pair of +1.00 reading glasses. After her wearing the glasses for a few day's on and off it stopped then a week laster it started all over again so I took her to her peds office and he told me that he thinks it is a tic but over the weekend it got realy bad. I wanted to know if anyone elses child said anything about there eyes hurting or itching. She also moves her head a little when she does it. Should I make an appointment with a neurologist? Thanks forthe help!
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replied October 3rd, 2012
My 7yr old has wierd rolling eyes and head movements to the side
My 7yr. Olds eyes do the same as well as moving her head to the side and i notice when we are having conversatins or when she is doing her homework. I have taken her to the eye doctor and he said her eyes are perfect. I ask my child why do she do it and poor thing says she dont know. She always mention something about the lights

Did you ever find out what was wrong with your child? If so can you please help me.


Thank You, DWiley
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replied October 3rd, 2012
My 7yr. Olds eyes do the same as well as moving her head to the side and i notice when we are having conversatins or when she is doing her homework. I have taken her to the eye doctor and he said her eyes are perfect. I ask my child why do she do it and poor thing says she dont know. She always mention something about the lights

Did you ever find out what was wrong with your child? If so can you please help me.


Thank You, DWiley
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replied October 28th, 2013
I have a friend who's daughter does this and for years always complained about the lights and the sun. She was just diagnosed as having mini-seizures. I would get her evaluated by a doctor who will give her a thorough check up.
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replied October 28th, 2013
I have a friend who's daughter does this and for years always complained about the lights and the sun. She was just diagnosed as having mini-seizures. I would get her evaluated by a doctor who will give her a thorough check up.
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replied December 9th, 2009
Sounds like Tourets, not sure I spelled that correctly. But that is a common occurrance with Tourets, I dated someone who had it and that was his most noticeable physical occurrance.

Hope you can find some answers.
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replied December 9th, 2009
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I think that you may want to check this out with a specialist who works with a problem such as this...It would probably make you feel better...Good luck......

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replied July 9th, 2010
my 6 yo son just started rolling his eyes to the upper left. He has an eye doctor appt in 3 days he may also need to see a neurologist. has this happened to anyone else.
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replied July 28th, 2010
Rolling eye & head movement
My 4 yr old son is also experiencing this kind of involuntary eye movement & head twitching but only when he is a relaxed position. If he is doing a particular activity like running around, he seems fine. Please help us to find a solution, me & my wife are really heartbroken by this. Thanks!
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replied June 2nd, 2011
I had this problem when I was i 3rd grade my parents never took my to doctor dont know what caused it but it was embaresing it was more of the eyes than the head tick but after a year or so it stoped it came back pereodocly then stoped for a cople of years then came back in 9th grade mostly when i got excited but it only lasted for a couple of months and that was the last time i am now 37 just be werry of docs trying to push dangrous drugs on him it could do more damage it will pass
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replied April 12th, 2014
Did you have any vision problems as a child? Our 7 year old daughter has similar problem and has recently been having nearsighted problems seeing. We are waiting for glasses to see if this helps?
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replied April 12th, 2014
Did you have any vision problems as a child? Our 7 year old daughter has similar problem and has recently been having nearsighted problems seeing. We are waiting for glasses to see if this helps?
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replied October 13th, 2010
Eye rolling
My son had an episode of this when he was about 7 and a half. His eyes would roll up and to the left. At first we thought he was trying to correct his vision, but he said he could see fine. I noticed his eyes would get really red from time to time also, so I took him to the doctor. Believing the cause was allergies, she prescribed some saline eye drops and said if it didn't improve to go see an opthamologist. His eye rolling continued, so the opthamologist checked for dry eye. Results were negative, but she prescribed cromoly sodium drops. After using these for about two weeks, the eye rolling seemed to slowly go away. However he just turned eight and the eye rolling suddenly started again. He says he can't control it and that he feels like his eyes just have to roll up. He told me he tries to stop it but can't. Any information on this issue would be extremely appreciated.
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replied October 20th, 2010
involuntary eye rolling
I notice just the other day my 9 year old son rolling his eyes while watching tv. Thought he was just goofing around. Today while speaking with him, he did the eye rolling quite a few times. After observation, this went on constantly. This is a truly new habit or tic. Never noticed any other tics before. I will be calling a DR. tomorrow. It is disturbing. I know after speaking with my son, he doesn't know why he is doing it and I don't think he can control it. His eyes looked very red. Not sure if this is from the rolling or another factor.
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replied January 4th, 2012
Eyes rolling back in head
My son is also 9 and has been doing htis for a few months now. I find it more disturbing than he does. He doesnt seem to be bothered by it. I am worried about other children taking the mickey esp as he goes to senior school soon. did u get an answer to your questions from the Dr
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replied November 12th, 2010
Eyes rolling back in head
Hi ..has anyone noticed the eyes rolling up after any kind of exertion...(playing, swimming, etc)...not extreme exertion...just good play. My grandson(10 yrs old) has been experiencing this lately....after any exertion ( other than jsut walking around) and he kind of spaces out for a few seconds. His eyes roll back in his head. We've had an EEG and they ruled out Petit Mal
Has anyone else experienced this?
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replied January 2nd, 2012
Hi look on utube for eye rolling and spaceing out for seconds,that might give you a better idea,i would go back to the doctors.my daughter starting eye rolling to the left and to the right a week ago and is getting booked in for tests.good luck.
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replied February 1st, 2012
Epilepsy and tics
I had an episode in 5th grade where my eyes rolled to the left and my body turned with it... Make sure the doctors also look into simple partial seizures for your children. There are cures for that unlike tics. Have EEG s done to see if it will trigger an episode. I'm 26 now and have been seizure free for most of it. Good luck!
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replied June 17th, 2011
My son is 9 years old and he has been rolling his eyes to the right for about 5 weeks the last two weeks it's gotten worse now he constantly does it every couple seconds he opens them wide and rolls them to the right before this he would constantly clear his throat EEG and ct scan came back normal but yesterday he just fell to the ground while he was playing basketball and had to lay theta said he was dizzy he is also short tempered and is having a hard time falling asleep doctor said maybe a tic but it is scarring me. Has any one experienced?
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replied March 23rd, 2012
this sounds exactly like our 4 year old, it just started a few days age - how is your son doing?
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replied May 6th, 2012
Eye rolling
My 8 yr old daughter started the eye rolling recently and makes involuntary noises. Did you find out anything about what was causing this for your son?
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replied October 16th, 2012
Yes! I think I have his twin my son is 9 he too was doing the throat clearing we went to specials they said it was a habit. He stopped doing it I think he got scared after going to the doctor. Now he is rolling his opening his eyes real wide and rolling them to either side. We dont have trouble sleeping but he is short tempered. Did you ever get any answers? Please HELP
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replied November 9th, 2012
Get tested for Lymes, test are unreliable though so find a Lymes doctor not infectious disease one. My grandson has Lymes with these exact symptoms. Don't wait and read up on childrens w/lymes. Good luck!
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replied July 21st, 2011
Hi my daghter is 8, she rolls her eyes to the left every few seconds. Its also breaking my heart looking at her. I brought her to the optician in November last year I was told her vision is perfect that it might be dry eye. I followed all instructions, warm facecloth over the eyes, seline drops etc for 6 weeks. Eyes still were rolling, brought referrel letter to doctor, eyes were not dry, he wrote a letter for hospital, have appointment in October, so fingers crossed. She doesnt seem to be aware of the movements in her eyes but they tend to look red sometimes. What could this be? tic? any suggestions please?
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replied August 12th, 2012
Hello my son is 9 years old just recently Thursday, August 8, 2012 I noticed his eyes would roll up and at the same time his eyebrows twitches. Did you find out about your Daughter's situation???
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replied July 27th, 2011
My daughter is 7 now. She started rolling her eyes when she 6 just going into 1st grade. We took her to her dr., neurologist, eye dr., and a psychologist. Everything came back normal and they said itust be a tick. It would get worse during times of excitement. Eventually it did stop and just this past month it started up again and I don't know what to do. She is at a age where the kids in school are going to notice it. It sounds like we all seem to have a child with the same condition.
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replied August 2nd, 2012
PANDAS....Eye Rolling, Involuntary Movements?
Have any of your children had a bout with Strep or Ruematic Fever? Research PANDAS!!! I am dealing with this with my 9 year old son. Had a complete Blood Workup. Showed his ASO titer test was extreamly high.
Had an MRI done as well, not satisified with the "reading of it". They have to know what they are looking for and compare to other MRIs. Has ENT appointment in am, and he has a Neuro apt, Aug 20.
I sure hope I get some answere soon. You can also look up ADD/ADHD and the tics are also asociated with it also. Please look up PANDAS.
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replied July 28th, 2011
My 4 year old son started these "tics" last week. He started blinkng excessively (30 blinks a minute) and then the eye rolling started a few days ago. He seems to do it most when I read to him or when he's watching tv which leads me to think it is an eye problem but Ped says it may be a transient nervous tic. He does a wide glare then rolls both his eyes up and over to the right, looks very uncomforatble. He also used to clear his throat which lasted about 6 months, we thought it was allergy related but doc said he had no allergy symptoms, so now starting to think that was a nervous tic too. WE are scheduled to follow up with an opthomoligist, a neurologist and a Pschiatrist. I just want to know if anyone else has experienced this and what the outcome was. Am reall hoping this is transient and not TS
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replied October 9th, 2012
My 7 year old daughter does this, gets wide eyed and then rolls up and to side. She had second bout of strep when this started, went to ophthalmologist , infectioious disease sp, then pediatric neurologist who called it transient tic. Said he would order MRI but didn't think it would give answers and suggested we wait a few months to see if they resolve on own since MRI would be frightening. He felt stress could cause it, but since it started last week of first grade and through summer, I just couldn't see what stressors she could be facing. So I'm just trying to limit iPod and car DVD (small screens), give her plenty of rest, and increasing magnesium in case that theory is true about possible deficiency....almonds, pumpkin seeds, carnation instant breakfast...
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replied August 3rd, 2011
involuntary eye rolling
My 12 yo son has had this eye rolling since Feb. He like all the others seems unaware. It is killing me. We have seen an ENT, opthmalogist, neurologist, had MRI etc. no answers. They now want to look for other rare disorders: neuroblastoma--- I would love to hear from any one who got answers or a resoluton. I have tried to ignore, allergy meds, dry eye, vitamins, diet change. My son enters junior high soon, I am worried...
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replied August 31st, 2011
Involuntary Eye Movement
My child has had this happen sporadically over the past three years. For us, it started as incessant eye blinking. The optomologist said he was fine, but did a complete eye exam (including the drops in the eye), and blinking turned into rolling. After trying to find triggers and such... we (my family and I) determined it is triggered by use of a DS. At first, the "tic" would go away after 4 weeks of non-DS usage... but we would allow play after it stopped... it takes longer to go away after that... SO... IF your child uses a DS and has this problem... that may be a trigger for you as well. Good luck!
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replied October 6th, 2012
I think this may be our trigger as well.
HI my son is 6 and I bought him a DS about 3 months ago. Then the eye rolling started. After I read your post I am wondering if this is our trigger as well. Do you still allow your child to use it?
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replied August 3rd, 2011
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hi, I have not tried or heard this so am guessing but
here is something u might try;
ever see PINHOLE GLASSES advertised
they r cheap plastic glasses that have only PIN HOLES to see thru, maybe give it a try, shouldn't hurt, will do some help by forcing the brain to focus the eyes.
IN POOR COUNTRIES AND IN OLDER DAYS when a child would have a LAZY EYE parents would make a pair of goggles out of caps like bottle caps with a small hole in it so the eye would be forced to follow the other eye and focus, TODAY THE DO SURGERY but lots of kids have corrected their lazy eyes with homemade goggles with the tiny hole
good luck
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