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Can I wear an eye patch while driving to correct double vision?

Can I wear an eye patch while driving to correct double vision?

Yes: As long as your field of vision and visual acuity with one eye is still within the legal range. You would have to turn your head to look more, and know that depth perception would be off (need to adjust to monocular cues).

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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In using an eye patch to correct double vision while driving which eye would be the best choice?

In using an eye patch to correct double vision while driving which eye would be the best choice?

Cover right: Most hazards that are important in our society where we drive on the right side of the road, come from the left. So you need the peripheral vision of the left side, so cover your right eye for this purpose.

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Does anyone know of any eye exercises that can correct double vision?

Does anyone know of any eye exercises that can correct double vision?

Not many: True double vision is caused either by a problem with the way the nerves send messages to the eye muscles, something preventing the muscles from moving, or something partially blocking the vision in one eye. None of these can be treated by exercises. Double vision that does not go away after a few minutes should be evaluated by a doctor.

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Do I need to fix my lazy eye? When I don't wear my glasses (pretty often), my lazy eye drifts sometimes and I get double vision. Is there something I need to do about this?

Do I need to fix my lazy eye? When I don't wear my glasses (pretty often), my lazy eye drifts sometimes and I get double vision. Is there something I need to do about this?

Things to ponder: When you don't wear your glasses & you start having double vision, your brain doesn't like it. Keep it up and your brain can decide to turn off the eye causing the double vision. If it happens often enough you can loose some vision permanently. Work with your eye doc to keep your eyes in the best shape possible. Wear your glasses or get surgery. What you are doing now could cause long term harm.

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I have double vision after cataract surgery in both eyes - why? My dr. Has tried laser surgery to correct this, still have double vision.

I have double vision after cataract surgery in both eyes - why? My dr. Has tried laser surgery to correct this, still have double vision.

Double vision: Double vision after cataract surgery can be caused by many issues such as residual refractive error, eye misalignment, corneal irregularity, decentration or tilt of lens implants, retinal swelling, or other issues. See your eye doctor to determine the cause and initiate appropriate treatment.

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When I turn my eyes to the right I have double vision how can I improve it?

When I turn my eyes to the right I have double vision how can I improve it?

Double vision: Double vision can be due to many issues and some of these can be serious or life-threatening. Your description could be due a right abducens nerve palsy. You need to go see an eye doctor.

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What to do if I have a double vision in both the eyes, and it is not going evenafter putting glasses please help?

What to do if I have a double vision in both the eyes, and it is not going evenafter putting glasses please help?

Consult a eye doctor: You may have a palsy of one of the cranial nerves causing dysconjugation of gaze. A formal eye exam will be able to rule out a nerve injury as a cause of the symptom. If it is a nerve injury, it may be temporary & treatable with an eye patch over the affected eye for a period of a few weeks. Ultimately, you need to consult a specialist for a full eval to determine the cause & the right treatment.

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Had double vision for approximately 10 minutes. My wife said my eyes were dancing back and forth. What are possible causes?

Double vision: It is difficult to answer this question directly without knowing your age and general health issues. This could represent a tia, a transient ischemic episode. I would suggest that you have this evaluated by an ophthalmologist.

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Eye open. If my left is open it gets blurry and I have double vision. Why does it get blurry?

Eye open. If my left is open it gets blurry and I have double vision. Why does it get blurry?

Dry eye: You are likely experiencing dryness of the ocular surface causing your symptoms. Try frequent artificial tears, ointment at night, warm compresses, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If no improvement, see an eye doctor.

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Without my glasses on, and if I cover one eye I see double vision?

Without my glasses on, and if I cover one eye I see double vision?

Normal: This is normal if the problem resolves when you put on your glasses. If it does not, see an ophthalmologist for evaluation.

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One of my eyes sometimes involuntarily turn inwards, causing double vision. Should I go to the doctor?

One of my eyes sometimes involuntarily turn inwards, causing double vision. Should I go to the doctor?

Yes: Double vision should be evaluated to check for the cause. Intermittent esotropia may not be a problem, but best to determine that with an eye care provider first -- may be a peds or neuro-ophthalmologist.

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What does sudden onset double vision in the left eye mean? I am a 76 year old man.

You: You need to be sure that the double vision is only in one eye. Cover your left eye and see if it is single, then cover the left one and do the same. If you only have double vision with both eyes open, it is most likely a problem with a nerve controlling one eye movement muscle. This is seen most often in diabetic patients, and those with high blood pressure. So if your double vision is only with both eyes open, you need to see your primary care doctor. If the double vision is truly only in the left eye, then you may have a problem in the retina in the back of your eye. For this problem, you need to see your ophthalmologist, and have the dilate that eye.

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I have monocular and binocular double vision meaning covering any eye doesn't make a difference, what does this mean the cause could be?

I have monocular and binocular double vision meaning covering any eye doesn't make a difference, what does this mean the cause could be?

Double vision: True binocular diplopia is due to misalignment of the eyes. This can be due to a CNS or PNS lesion. "Double vision" in just one eye is ALWAYS an eye problem, NEVER a brain or nerve problem. So one is nervous system, the other is eye. These are very important diagnostic distinctions. "Eye" is what ophthalmologists do; "nervous system" is what neuro-ophthalmologists do.

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I woke up in the morning I hade double vision in my left eye. The day before I put my phone in dark box and watched movies. This is the reason?

Not related to movie: I do not think your watching a movie had anything to do with your double vision. I would see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible to determine if you had a retina detachment.

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