Abnormal eye movements

Abnormal eye movements


  • Visual abnormalities are common in children – most are not caused by a brain tumour.
  • When looking for signs of a brain tumour, there are two main types of visual abnormality to be aware of: abnormal eye movements and changes to vision, such as blurred or double vision.
  • The most common visual abnormality in children is a squint, in which the two eyes do not look in the same direction. Squints are very rarely caused by a brain tumour, but do require assessment by an eye specialist when first noted.
  • Abnormal appearance or movements of the eye are an important symptom to look out for – for example, if one eye is bulging, or if the eyes appear wobbly, quivering or flicking.

Other visual symptoms that may be caused by a brain tumour include blurred or double vision, and changes to vision and eyesight.

If you're concerned about their symptoms, it's best to get them checked out by your GP or book an eye check at a local optician. Further information about eye problems and eye health can be found at NHS Choices..

Feeling Worried?

Are the symptoms exhibited persistent e.g. lasting more than two weeks?


Arrange an appointment with your GP as soon as possible


Request an immediate consultant referral as soon as possible

If the symptoms or signs are sudden onset or severe, either take them to the emergency department or call 999.