Supranuclear ophthalmoplegia is a condition that affects the movement of the eyes.
This disorder occurs because the brain is sending and receiving faulty information through the nerves that control eye movement. The nerves themselves are healthy.
People who have this problem may have progressive supranuclear palsy. This is a disorder that affects the way the brain controls movement. A brain injury (such as stroke) also can cause supranuclear ophthalmoplegia.
People with this condition are unable to voluntarily move their eyes in all directions, especially looking upward.
Exams and Tests
An exam of the nervous system (neurological examination) may show:
Limited eye movements, especially vertical movements
Joseph V. Campellone, MD, Division of Neurology, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.