A member asked:

Occupation:truck driver. in order to stay awake often i hit my head hard with my hand and now i have diplopia(a week ago).do you think it's temporary?

8 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Adam Lewis answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

Yes. Diplopia from trauma is usually temporary. The cranial nerves at the base of the skull can be stretched from a blow to the head. Vision may be more difficult as the diplopia resolves because the images get closer together. Stop hitting your head to stay awake and consider a sleep study to exclude sleep apnea. Wearing an eye patch on alternating eyes can help speed recovery.

Answered Jul 7, 2014


Dr. Kevin Kerr answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Hitting you head with your hand should not cause diplopia. There are many serious causes including stoke, MS, and tumor. Would recommend evaluation by ophthalmologist.

Answered Jul 12, 2014



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