Wobbly Wednesday is a holiday that isn’t well-known yet but is slowly rising in public awareness. It’s a holiday observed on the first Wednesday of November and attempts to raise awareness about nystagmus.
This condition causes people to have involuntary eye movements. These eye movements may be rapid side-to-side movements, in a circle, or up and down. These eye movements can not only be very noticeable to others but may also cause the sufferer to have blurry vision.
This condition can be passed down genetically from a person’s parents or it can be linked to another health condition. Either way, this is a holiday to recognize people who have this condition and to raise awareness about how this condition affects people’s lives.
The History of Wobbly Wednesday
This holiday was first created in 2013 by the Nystagmus Network to raise awareness about this condition. Although they created this holiday on a specific day of the year, they tend to remind people on their Facebook page that every Wednesday is Wobbly Wednesday. What this means is that anyone can ask questions about nystagmus.
Some Important Facts About Nystagmus
Below are some important facts about nystagmus that we feel everyone should know, especially if they plan on observing Wobbly Wednesday. We hope everyone takes a look at the following facts and learns something they hadn’t previously known.
- At least 1 in 1,000 people in the general population has nystagmus.
- Nystagmus is the most common visual impairment among children of school age.
- Nystagmus is often seen as a symptom of an underlying condition.
- Acquired nystagmus can be caused by ataxia, MS, and stroke.
- Nystagmus may also be caused by a B12 deficiency, brain tumors, or head injuries.
Observing Wobbly Wednesday
This is a holiday during which people can find out more about nystagmus and can spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #WobblyWednesday. This is also a day when people who are suffering from nystagmus might want to consider all of the treatment options available to them.