Nystagmus Oscillopsia Simulator using Virtual Reality

Nystagmus is a condition where the eyes move involuntarily. Most people with nystagmus adapt to their involuntary eye movements but a significant number do not and must suffer from the world constantly moving around them. The symptom of the world constantly moving is called oscillopsia.

A collaboration between Medical Physics and the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics at the University of Sheffield resulted in a 6-month Insigneo Bursary to produce a virtual reality smartphone app to simulate oscillopsia. The app uses eye movement recordings from real patients with nystagmus and replicates the eye movements within virtual reality. The app allows the user to gain an appreciation of what it is like to experience oscillopsia.

To download the app please search the Google Play Store or Apple App Store for “Nystagmus Oscillopsia Sim VR” or use the following link on a mobile device:

The app was funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity. If you would like to make a donation to support this research and further research into eye conditions, please do so.

The app must be used in conjunction with a Google Cardboard device purchasable from many outlets (we recommend you purchase a headset with a physical button – not NFC button).