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Today i had a very brief moment of double vision..Less than a second. I did not have vertigo, just felt like my eyes were crossed. Is this serious?

Today i had a very brief moment of double vision..Less than a second. I did not have vertigo, just felt like my eyes were crossed. Is this serious?

Double Vision: Blurry vision can seem to be double and is difficult for some people to differentiate between the two. Lasting only seconds is not a concern, notice if the double vision is with one eye only next time. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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Had brief episode of sudden, severe double vision. I blinked my eyes & It persisted. Went away after a few minutes. Did not close one eye then other.

Had brief episode of sudden, severe double vision. I blinked my eyes & It persisted. Went away after a few minutes.  Did not close one eye then other.

Exam: You should see your ophthalmologist and probably an internis or neurologist to evaluate your symptoms. I would worry about hypertension, diabetes as possible but would want to rule out any ocular muscle imbalances too. More serious condition considerations would require more elucidation of your symptoms. An exam is essential. ...Read more

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What causes double vision?

What causes double vision?

Muscle imbalance: The most common cause is muscle imbalance between the eyes. If this is the cause then covering each eye will eliminate the double vision. If you cover each eye and it is still blurry, you most likely need glasses. An eye care professional can correct these problems. ...Read more

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What cause double vision ?

What cause double vision ?

Many causes: Temporary doubling can occur from drug overdose, alcohol, and other drugs. Constant double vision can occur from trauma, muscle paralysis, vascular events in the brain and breakdown of fusion. Doubling in one eye can be caused by astigmatism, cataracts and certain corneal changes. Best to see your ophthalmologist if you have this problem ...Read more

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Can a double vision be cured?

Can a double vision be cured?

Cause?: Do you know your diagnosis? Many reasons for double vision - from congenital strabismus, internuclear ophthalmoplegia, brain tumors, meningitis ... Best person to answer this in your particular case is a neuro-ophthalmologist (rare to find, there are only a few hundred in the country). May need to ask your md to refer you to the nearest medical school. ...Read more

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Why i don't get double vision?

Why i don't get double vision?

Diplopia: Doubling of vision can occur for many reasons. The most common is misalignment of the eyes which can be from trauma or damage to nerves leading to the eye muscles. Have you had an event from which one might predict you would get doubling of vision? You could ask about that in another question. ...Read more

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How do you treat double vision?

How do you treat double vision?

Depends: In adults, double vision occurs from a breakdown of the coordination between the eyes. If this is due to a loss of the brain coordination centers work, then prisms can be helpful. If it is due to muscle paralysis, then prisms usually do not work, but some forms of surgery may help. In extreme cases, patching may be the only option. Check with your ophthalmologist for visual doubling. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have double vision?

Double vision causes: One way to test yourself: cover either eye with your hand. If the double vision is still present with one eye occluded, then this is "monocular diplopia" and rarely neurologically threatening. Most causes of monocular diplopia are optical: astigmatism, cataracts, macular pucker etc. However, if the double vision disappears with either eye covered, this is potentially more serious. ...Read more

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Why would I have double vision?

Why would  I have double vision?

Mono vs binocular: One way to test yourself: cover either eye with your hand. If the double vision is still present with one eye occluded, then this is "monocular diplopia" and rarely neurologically threatening. Most causes of monocular diplopia are optical: astigmatism, cataracts, macular pucker etc. However, if the double vision disappears with either eye covered, this can be more serious & need to see eyemd. ...Read more

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Could you correct double vision?

In most cases,: Yes. But more importantly, has the cause be determined. Double vision can be sign of significant, even lethal, disease. See a physician if this a new problem. ...Read more

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What is diplopia (double vision)?

Diplopia: Diplopia means that either one eye alone or both eyes together are not seeing a clear sharp image. There can be overlapping images or separate images. Common causes of monocular diplopia are astigmatism, cataracts and corneal abnormalities such as keratoconus. Binocular diplopia is usually due to neurological problems that cause misalignment of the two eyes. ...Read more

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How can double vision be detected?

Subjective: Objectively, eye alignment can be measured using cover testing. It can be quantified with prism testing. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden double vision?

Many causes: Potentially very serious symptom which needs prompt evaluation by an ophthalmologist or neurologist. Possible causes are cranial nerve palsy, tumors, thyroid disease, muscle problems like myesthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis. Less serious causes are possible too. ...Read more

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How long can double vision last for?

How long can double vision last for?

Depends on cause: This will depend on the cause of the double vision and can be from seconds to permanent. See an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about double vision?

Diplopia: Seeing two images most commonly occurs when the eyes are out of alignment. This can occur from nerve, muscle or tissue damage from trauma, or vascular accidents. Doubling can occur in one eye from astigmatism, lens opactities and macular disturbances. See your ophthalmologist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Double vision that lasts a half hour?

Double vision that lasts a half hour?

Many reasons: Double vision has many causes. The most common cause is eye fatigue in someone who has differing focal lengths in the two eyes. However, many other causes are possible, ranging from trivial to quite severe. If these episodes occur in the absence of eye overuse, get checked out by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Why do I sometimes have double vision?

Why do I sometimes have double vision?

See your doctor: Any number of things can cause you to have double vision, some of which can be serious, such as ms. You should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the cause of my double vision?

More info: More info is needed to give an answer. Are the two images side by side or up and down? Does it get better when you close one eye? Does it get worse when you turn or tilt your head? Does it last all day, or just for a short time? How long have you noticed it? It also helps to see what it looks like. Hope that helps! ...Read more

Dr. Howard Pomeranz
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Double Vision (Definition)

When two separate images which are displaced in space are perceived at the same time due to a ...Read more