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can anxiety cause double vision?

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Dr. Evan Altman
18 years experience Psychiatry
Quite unlikely: Double vision (diplopia) is due to structural eye problems of lens/cornea, weakness/spasms of an eye muscles because of a problem with the muscle itself, the nerve for that muscle, or the area of the brain. Increased pressure in the skull (intracranial) is a cause. Anxiety may be happening with the double vision but unlikely to cause it. See your doctor since this could be more serious. Good luck!
Answered on Sep 4, 2013
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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The extremely rare occasion that I have seen it (twice) in about 30 years of practice was in a conversion reaction with disconjugate gaze in two people with DID who developed doll's eyes secondary to an abreaction during treatment. Very rare. Very bizarre.
Sep 4, 2013
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
56 years experience Psychiatry
Not constantly: Yes, for a moment, usually with dizziness. You are worth pinning this down; consult the physician who is your primary care physician; at your age & this symptom there are many causes for this. Ranging from relatively innocent to time is exquisitely important. This is not to scare;rather please why take a chance? Call tomorrow. Best wishes.
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Go to the ER as you may have had a stroke or a TIA. I had a similar thing happen two years ago, went to the ER, got admitted, treated and symptoms cleared. If you wait, and it is a stroke, you may be losing precious time.
Sep 28, 2013

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