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Wobbly Wednesday

Newsdate: 29 October 2015

Wobbly Wednesday is all about raising awareness of Nystagmus. Nystagmus is a complex condition where the eyes move involuntarily. This makes it harder to see. Few people with nystagmus drive and most face difficulties in everyday life. Around 60,000 people in the UK (one in 1,000) have nystagmus, so it’s more common than most people think.

Every year hundreds of children are born with nystagmus, often with no known family history. Adults can develop nystagmus too, due to accidents or illnesses, like stroke or MS.

Though this is a debilitating condition, people can pursue a normal life. It is little known that Richard Osman, co-presenter of BBC quiz show Pointless, was born with the condition. While it hasn’t stopped him from following a busy career in television, Richard admits the condition has led to him missing out on his beloved sports and worries about unknowingly blanking friends and fans.

The aim of Wobbly Wednesday is simple – to raise awareness of nystagmus so that one day when we mention the word most people will have at least some idea of what it means.

On Wednesday 4 November, the Paediatric Eye Clinics held by WWL will be running a colouring competition. If you, or your child, are attending an appointment at any of the following clinics, why not join in!

Participating Clinics: Boston House, Leigh, Ashton, Astley, Atherton, Golborne Clinic,
Platt Bridge, Hindley, Pemberton, Standish, Worsley Mesnes.

Prizes are available for a range of different age groups, with the closing date set for Friday 20 November 2015.