It is not your eyes

Devon A. Cohen, M. Tariq Bhatti, John J. Chen, Michelle L. Mauermann, Daniel R. Gold

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A 55-year-old woman reported blurred vision while walking, numbness and tingling, contact allodynia, and gait imbalance. Visual acuity was 20/20 in both eyes, but there was a loss of 4 lines with horizontal dynamic visual acuity testing. Ocular motility examination demonstrated spontaneous downbeat nystagmus that increased in lateral gaze with a torsional component and impaired smooth pursuits. Head impulse test was positive, and electromyography demonstrated a sensory neuropathy/neuronopathy. Vestibular testing confirmed both central ocular motor pathway and bilateral peripheral vestibular system involvement. The constellation of clinical findings and paraclinical testing was consistent with a recently recognized neurodegenerative disorder termed cerebellar ataxia with neuropathy and vestibular areflexia syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-493
Number of pages7
JournalSurvey of ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • cerebellar ataxia
  • dynamic visual acuity
  • head impulse test
  • nystagmus
  • vestibulo-ocular reflex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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    Cohen, D. A., Bhatti, M. T., Chen, J. J., Mauermann, M. L., & Gold, D. R. (2020). It is not your eyes. Survey of ophthalmology, 65(4), 487-493.