Research Unit for Nystagmus (RUN)
Nystagmus is a constant involuntary movement of the eyes. The fact that the eyes are constantly moving can have a damaging effect on vision. The field of research into nystagmus is still a relatively new area, in optometry and ophthalmology. As a result there are still many problems yet to be investigated.
Research Unit for Nystagmus (RUN) was established in 2000 by Prof. Jon Erichsen and his colleagues with the aim of improving knowledge of nystagmus and its effects on vision and visual function. The research unit is primarily concerned with investigating visual performance in people with nystagmus, and how environmental factors affect the movements of the eyes and their vision.
RUN has a cohort of extremely supportive subjects with nystagmus who take part in our investigations and to whom we are very grateful.
Impact of our research
In recent years, RUN has made a number of discoveries dispelling anecdotal theories and identifying key factors in visual problems experienced by people who suffer with nystagmus. This has led to a publication in the high impact optical journal, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS).
- Dunn, M. et al. 2017. The effect of gaze angle on visual acuity in infantile nystagmus. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 58 (1), pp.642-650. (10.1167/iovs.16-20370)
- Harrison, J. J. et al. 2015. Quick phases of infantile nystagmus show the saccadic inhibition effect. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 56 , pp.1594-1600. (10.1167/iovs.14-15655)
- Dunn, M. et al. 2015. Visual processing in infantile nystagmus is not slow. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 56 (9), pp.5094-5101. (10.1167/iovs.15-16977)
- Dunn, M. et al. 2014. Author response: grating visual acuity in infantile nystagmus in the absence of image motion. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 55 (8), pp.4955-4957. (10.1167/iovs.14-15070)
- Dunn, M. et al. 2014. Grating visual acuity in infantile nystagmus in the absence of image motion. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 55 (4), pp.2682-2686. (10.1167/iovs.13-13455)
- Jones, P. H. et al. 2013. Stress and visual function in infantile nystagmus syndrome. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 54 (13), pp.7943-7951. (10.1167/iovs.13-12560)
- Wiggins, D. et al. 2007. Infantile nystagmus adapts to visual demand. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 48 (5), pp.2089-2094. (10.1167/iovs.06-1108)
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