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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.


Dr. Gregory Cohen
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
36 years in practice
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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. Eric Weisman
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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.


Dr. Andrew Shatz
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
20 years in practice
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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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Dr. Mark Silverberg
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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How can you treat double vision?

Several options: Often we can use prisms, botox, eye muscle surgery, or exercises. ...Read more

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Dr. Harvey Fishman
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
15 years in practice
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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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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
33 years in practice
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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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Dr. David Astrachan
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
31 years in practice
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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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Dr. Tim Conrad
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
28 years in practice
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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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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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I have lazy eye and I sometimes see double vision. It gets so annoying; how do I cure it?

I have lazy eye and I sometimes see double vision. It gets so annoying; how do I cure it?

Double vision: See an eye doctor for an exam. Treatment options might include prisms on the glasses or eye muscle surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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How do you get rid of double vision at night?

How do you get rid of double vision at night?

See ophthalmologist: The cause of your double vision must be determined before it can be treated. A visit to an ophthalmologist is what you need. ...Read more

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
35 years in practice
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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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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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