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hi, I dont actually have any problems with my eyes, other than wearing glasses, but i do have a question. Ever since i can remember i have been able to shake my eyes at will, by shaking i mean small rapid back and forth movements as if they were vibrating. When i do this, my vision becomes blurry, but i am able to follow very fast movements, such as the rotation of the tires on a moving car, the individual blades on a rotating fan, and other fast moving objects i am not able to follow normally. This rapid shaking doesnt hurt and I can stop it and start it at will, but I was wondering what it is. I have also noticed i can see through many optical illusions using this movement, such as motion induced illusions and the blind spots of the human eye. Please respond, I am very curious to know what this movement is and why I can do it. The majority of my friends cannot do this (with two exceptions) so i know that not everyone can, but i really would like to know what it is called and the history. thanks very much!! thanks so much and please respond soon!!
A volunarey "eye shaking" (Nystagmus) may be a result of a hidden need for attension.

You said : This rapid shaking doesnt hurt and I can stop it and start it at will, but I was wondering what it is. I have also noticed i can see through many optical illusions using this movement, such as motion induced illusions and the blind spots of the human eye." You also said : "The majority of my friends cannot do this (with two exceptions) so i know that not everyone can, but i really would like to know what it is called and the history."

My best sugestion is to know what is in the reserch and the history of this ability to volunarey "shake your eyes" :

It has been found that individuals sometimes produce unusual eye movements in an attempt to feign illness. Often this involves an attempt to use a "parlor trick" type of eye movement, in the hopes of winning disability, attention from a loved one, or a greater financial settlement from an insurance company or lawsuit.

So "Voluntary Nystagmus" has been found in about 8% of the college age population and as it is somewhat dramatic, voluntary nystagmus is a popular form of ocular malingering.

That being said, it might be a good reason to "look" at "the why" you really want to "shake" your eyes.

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well, it does entertain certain people. Shaking my eyes also lets me freak people out, haha so i guess you could say it may be a feeble tempt at gaining a person's attention. However, i dont feel the need for constant attention, and I am an entertaining person who knows how to make people laugh. As to why I want to shake my eyes, its not the matter of why I shake them as much as it is why I am able to do so. I have also researched this Nystagmus disorder thing, my voluntary eye shaking is totally different. According to my doctor, Nystagmus is the rapid movement of the eyes in one direction and a slow movement of the eyes in the opposite direction, this movement may be lateral, horizontal, or in some rare cases circle-like. My voluntary eye shaking movement speed does not fluctuate, it stays constant the entire time. Simple right and left rapid movents that continue as long as i wish. The point of posting this thread was to gain information and learn what this voluntary shaking of the eyes is called and why I can do it, not to brag or gain attention, I apolgize for not making that clear.
WOW!! My wife suggested that I go online to try to find someone else that can do what I can do. You, my friend, are not alone. I can shake my eyes whenever I feel like it. The skill has somewhat faded over the last 10 years or so, but I can still do it. When I was younger (15-ish) I could shake them for maybe up to a minute (I'm 24 now). Now I'm lucky if I can do it for 20 seconds. But, like you, I never did it because I was looking to get something out of it. Really, even when I did it, I didn't really know my eyes were shaking, I just knew that what I was seeing was shaking. To sum this all up, I don't know what it is called or why I can do this. I have encountered a couple other people that claimed they could do this too, but they just gave excuses as to why they could not perform the task in front of me. ....
go Phyxius!! Woot woot!! Thanks for backing me up!! Yeah that other guys response to my own was totally inappropriate, "a feeble attempt for attention".... yeah whatever. oh well, lol, besides i never asked for a psychoanalysis anyway, i was just curious about my eyes. Oh well. Some people feel the need to act superior by scrutinizing everything that another person says, making the other person feel inferior and small, to be blunt. Yeah, well, world class superiority complexes don’t suit me, so if you’re reading this and you feel like diagnosing me with a psychological defensive mechanism, please refrain from doing so, and move on to the next thread, thanks!
Ok another couple of people that can do it wooooo.
well I'm 17 and I've been able to shake my eyes for as long as I can remember.
I have no idea how I started.
And I have no idea what it is.
I have asked my teacher if he knew and he said he knew a boy who could faint on demand....he said that when they lifted his eye lids the boy would start shaking his eyes.
I was wondering if you had to practice "shaking" could you faint on purpose.
Cause it would be pretty cool in school and I know alot of you have been doing it longer than I have.
Sorry I don't have any better information I'm actually trying to find out what it is aswell as I'm really interested in whats up with me ha ha.
I can do this, also. Don't know how I learned to do it, but it really freaks people out. I rarely do it, unless someone brings up a quirky thing they can do. (I can also clap with one hand which is kinda weird, too.) I wonder if it is damaging to the eyes at all.
I signed onto Health Boards simply to say that I too can "wiggle" my eyes, and have been able to since I was a young girl. My mother can also do it, and I have always wondered if it is a hereditary thing.

I think I'm going to make a group about it on facebook... maybe the combined interest will bring about some answers.

During my education on the human body in school, I learned about the nerves that intervate the eyes muscles. There are so many tiny muscles that move the eye, and surely this movement comes from an ability to flex those tiny muscles.

Some people can wiggle their ears, and I am assuming that we can do the same with our eyes.

Any comments?





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