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what is the difference between double vision and astigmatism

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kira
21 years experience Ophthalmology
Eye Alignment: Double vision - when present with both eyes open is caused by eye misalignment. Astigmatism is a corneal or lens irregularity in focus and can presen ... Read More
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Appearance: Double is usually two images separate either horizontally, vertically, or obliquely. Not necessarily blurred unless also uncorrected refractive error ... Read More
Dr. Howard Pomeranz
28 years experience Ophthalmology
Astigmatism: Double vision can be due to optical or ocular alignment abnormalities. When light rays do not focus on the retina properly double vision can result . ... Read More

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
31 years experience Ophthalmology
It can: Astigmatism can distort vision enough to cause an image to double. There are many causes of double vision, though and some can be serious. If you ar ... Read More
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Dr. Revathi Naadimuthu
17 years experience Ophthalmology
Possible: High levels can cause double vision if uncorrected. Usually this is not a new problem, so if you are experiencing double vision that wasn't there pre ... Read More
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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
28 years experience Ophthalmology
Double vision: Astigmatism can be a cause of double vision. Correcting the astigmatism with glasses, contact lenses or surgery will make the double vision go away.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Out of focus: Astigmatism makes a misshapen image (changed in one axis) and thus can have blurred edges and appear doubled or ghosted.
Dr. Howard Pomeranz
28 years experience Ophthalmology
Astigmatism: Astigmatism prevents light rays from focusing together at the back of the eye. Because there is more than one focal point in the back of the eye when ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
34 years experience Ophthalmology
See a doctor: See your eye doctor to determine what is going on.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jon Fishburn
30 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes : You have astigmatism & for your Vision to be best corrected to see well, your eyes require a prescription to accomplish this. You probably have e ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
29 years experience Neurology
Double vision: The double vision is more likely to be due to multiple sclerosis than due to an intrinsic eye problem. Perhaps a neuro-ophthalmologist could provide m ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Jackson
30 years experience Addiction Medicine
Does double vision: Remain when on eye is closed? If so the either an astigmatism or surface eye dryness can be the cause. If the double vision goes away when one eye. I ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Titone
37 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends on cause: Most cases of monocular diplopia are caused by dysfunctional tear syndrome. The first step is to assess and treat tear film abnomality. Next common ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Eye, not nerve: Can be due to irregularities in lens, but also, localized other problems in anterior eye. This can be diagnosed by an ophthalmologist.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Ballon
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Muscle imbalance: Double vision is due to the eyes pointing in different directions. Cover either eye and the image becomes single. Ghosting is typically due to astigma ... Read More
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