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Nystagmography TestsThis is a series of tests designed to document your ability to follow visual objects with your eyes and how your eyes respond to some types of information from your vestibular system To monitor the movements of your eyes your doctor may place electrodes around your eyes electronystagmography--ENG or may use an infrared video camera IR video nystagmography Eye movement tests are useful because some patients with balance system problems have problems seeing clearly when moving or they get the erroneous sense that objects are movingOccular Motility You will be asked to follow with your eyes objects that jump from place to place or move smoothly Your doctor will be looking for any slowness or inaccuracies in your ability to follow visual targetsOptokinetc Nystagmus You will be asked to view a large continuously moving visual image to see if your eyes can appropriately track these movementsPositional Nystagmus Your doctor will move your head and body into various positions to make sure that there are no inappropriate movements of your eyes when your head is in different positionsCaloric Test Your doctor will stimulate both of your inner ears usually one at a time with warm and then cold water He or she will be monitoring the movements of your eyes to make sure that both your ears can sense this stimulationComputerized Dynamic PosturographyThis is a series of tests that measure how well you are able to maintain your balance under different conditions You will be asked to stand as steadily as possible on a platform inside a small booth The platform will have sensors that measure how well you maintain your balance as the walls of the booth move around you and the surface you are standing on moves under your feet The tests will be conducted with your eyes open and with your eyes closed You will be supported by a safety harness in case you become unsteady Some of the tests are designed
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