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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
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Double Vision (Overview)

When two separate images which are displaced in space are perceived at the same time due to a misalignment of the eyes.


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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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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
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Double Vision (Overview)

When two separate images which are displaced in space are perceived at the same time due to a misalignment of the eyes.


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What does it mean if I have double vision?

What does it mean if I have double vision?

A few possibilities: Double vision can be in one eye alone (monocular) or can be present only when both eyes are open (binocular). Monocular diplopia can be caused by dry eyes, cornea injury, cataracts and other conditions. Binocular diplopia is caused by misalignment of the eyes, and can be seen in strokes, diabetes, aneurysms, strabismus and injury to name a few. See a doctor immediately to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Treating Poor Vision (Checklist)

Try a tablet or ebook reader for reading
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If you have cataracts, have them treated
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How can I be treated for double vision?

How can I be treated for double vision?

Exam by eye md: First it is crucial to rule out serious neurological disease that can cause diplopia. If stable , prisms in the glasses are the easiest method. Surgery to the eye muscles can also help. Some exercises like pencil pushups can be useful for intermittent diplopia ...Read more

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What can cause sudden double vision?

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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What is the treatment for double vision when you have an orbital fracture?

What is the treatment for double vision when you have an orbital fracture?

Observe/operate: Following an orbital fracture there can be some temporary swelling and muscle trauma that can lead to double vision. This swelling can lead to temporary double vision. This should resolve within a week or so. If not surgery will most likely be required. ...Read more

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Can a lazy eye cause double vision? Effective treatments?

Can a lazy eye cause double vision? Effective treatments?

No: Lazy eyes are rarely associated with double vision. New onset double vision means you should see an ophthalmologist asap. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of double vision at night?

How do you get rid of double vision at night?

Possible cataract.: If you are experiencing what you describe as "double vision" only at night, especially when looking at headlights you are more than likely sufferring from "tmb." this stands for "too many birthdays." you are more than likely of an age where you might have aging cataracts in one or both eyes. The reflection of oncoming headlights off of the cataract can result in the symptoms that you describe. ...Read more

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I have double vision (vertical images) 1-2 times per week, for 6 months. Just noticed my pupils are extremely small. No drugs. What's going on?

Vertical diplopia: Seeing double with images one above the other is called "vertical diplopia". There are many possible causes, and some of them are important. I recommend that you see a neurologist for an examination. ...Read more

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How does astigmatism cause double vision?

How does astigmatism cause double vision?

Out of focus: Astigmatism makes a misshapen image (changed in one axis) and thus can have blurred edges and appear doubled or ghosted. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I get double vision when I stand up suddenly after working long hours. Is this normal?

I get double vision when I stand up suddenly after working long hours. Is this normal?

Maybe: Anything sustained is not normal. So if it's just a few second of double that clears right away, then it's probably not serious and could be related to blood flow. Standing up quickly after working long hours--it sometimes takes a few seconds for the blood flow to catch up. Of course, it's best to get it checked out if your vision is abnormal. ...Read more

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Hi I have been diagnosed with fybromyalgia and under active thyroid for six years, I have started to get double vision when tired! is this normal?

Hi I have been diagnosed with fybromyalgia and under active thyroid for six years, I have started to get double vision when tired! is this normal?

Multifactorial: Fibromyalgia is a multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. These factors increase inflammatory chemicals which can cause pain and inhibit thyroid function. Double vision can be a serious problem. Have this checked out. ...Read more

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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 ?

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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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