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Every psych med I try gives me side effects. Last one double vision so couldn't drive. Are there meds out there less likely to have side effects ?

Every psych med I try gives me side effects. Last one double vision so couldn't drive. Are there meds out there less likely to have side effects ?

This is a toughie: You're 1 of those unlucky people whose tolerance of a broad spectrum of drugs is poor. This is important drug wisdom: Drugs that have few side effects are also likely to have fewer therapeutic effects. A possible approach may be "rational polypharmacy" where you add extremely low doses of 2 or 3 drugs cautiously 1 at a time; the drugs having complementary mechanisms of action. Good luck! ...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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What would cause double vision when looking to the side both ways?

What would cause double vision when looking to the side both ways?

VADouble to the side: Horizontal diplopia ( images look doubled side to side not on top of one another) when looking to extreme side most likely a weakness of lateral rectus muscles, born with or acquired types. Sometimes a neurologic condition ms or uncontrolled diabetes or blood pressure . If recent onset definite see an md eye doc for help. ...Read more

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What would cause double vision when looking to the side both ways?

What would cause double vision when looking to the side both ways?

6th nerve lesions: The lateral rectus muscle moves the eye to the side. When this is not working well, you will see double when trying to look to the side. Many neurological disorders can affect the 6th nerve. A thorough neurological evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Is double vision in one eye normal? Please advise!

Is double vision in one eye normal? Please advise!

No: also, double vision is usually the result of having eyes that don't converge on the same focal point. Hence "double vision". Would see an eye doctor asap. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have temporary double vision in one eye?

Is it okay to have temporary double vision in one eye?

Probably: If temporary and does not recur, double vision in one eye is usually due to a tear film issue that is corrected with blinking or artificial tears. If only one eye but more constant, then could be astigmatism, cataract, epiretinal membrane, or some other monocular cause. ...Read more

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I have been having side by side double vision mainly when driving or watching tv for 3-4 years .Have had prisms put in glasses 2 times now & sometime ?

Divergence palsy: When you look at a distance, the in-turning muscles relax, the out-turning muscles tighten. In your case, the out-turning muscles are week- could be medical side-effect, stroke effect, decompensated eye crossing, other neurologic disorder.
If the amount of prisms becomes excessive, have eye muscle surgery.
Contac a "pediatric" ophthalmologist who does a lot of muscle surgery. ...Read more

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Can you get double vision but in one eye?

Can you get double vision but in one eye?

Yes: The common form of doubling is when the eyes are misaligned with each other. If the doubling occurs in one eye only the following must be looked for and dealt with: 1) higher degrees of astigmatism 2) corneal aberrations 3) lens opacities that are not uniform 4) retinal (macular) wrinkling. See your ophthalmologist who can sort this out and recommend the best correction. ...Read more

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Is double vision a side-effect of a neurological problem?

Is double vision  a side-effect of a neurological problem?

Depends: Usually double vision is divided into monocular or binocular (eye alignment), and then eye alignment can be affect by the muscle (weakness or overaction) or mechanical issues affecting muscles (orbit) vs. Neurological input to the muscles, or a brain problem. ...Read more

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Are there any vitamins that when deficient can cause double vision? If so what ones or one?

Are there any vitamins that when deficient can cause double vision? If so what ones or one?

Vitamin A in excess: can cause double vision by producing raised intracranial pressure. Deficiency of some of the B vitamins can produce peripheral neuropathy which would likely cause symptoms in the feet and hands before causing injury to the nerves that control eye movement. Thiamine inefficiency can cause impaired ability to track objects with the eyes producing diplopia. Before taking vitamins see a doctor. ...Read more

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I've suddenly developed double vision in one eye. Why is this happening and how can I stop it?

Monocular diplopia: Or double vision in only one eye is rare. It can occur in certain stages of cataract and also with ocular trauma. To know exactly why it is happening and how to deal with it, please see your eye specialist or ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Lately I've been noticing yellowing in my eyes as well as double vision randomly (I need to close one eye to read something). ?

Lately I've been noticing yellowing in my eyes as well as double vision randomly (I need to close one eye to read something). ?

Seek medical help: Yellowing of the eyes is never normal and often signifies to us that something may be going on with your liver- also known as jaundice. Sudden and random double vision is also not a normal occurrence. I am honestly concerned about the use of amphetamine as you list here, as this could possibly cause both of these symptoms. How long have you been taking it? I highly encourage a visit to your doctor ...Read more

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Double vision only on the things i don't pay attention to if i cover one eye i see blurry?

Double vision only on the things i don't pay attention to if i cover one eye i see blurry?

Need to have an eye : Sometimes blurry vision is confused with double vision. See you eye doctor soon. ...Read more

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I have double vision when i look at something from far away. When I close one eye my vision is fine but when they are both open I see two images.

Your double vision: your double vision is called Diplopia and represents a vertical or horizontal misalignment of the eyes.

You should get an eye exam to determine the underlying cause and treatment ...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.

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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3 days ago i woke with double vision, last night my family noticed one eye is going crossed. I've never had any problems with my vision before. Shou?

3 days ago i woke with double vision, last night my family noticed one eye is going crossed.  I've never had any problems with my vision before.  Shou?

Neuroophthalmologist: One eye turning inward (esotropia) in a 51 year old sounds like it could be an isolated 6th nerve palsy. While this is likely a mini-stroke of one of the abducens nerves to one of the lateral rectus (extraocular) muscles, it could be the sign of high blood pressure, diabetes, or even a space-occupying intracranial lesion. See an ophthalmologist or neuro-ophthalmologist. An MRI or ct is possible. ...Read more

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Suffering from double vision, image on top of image, seems to occur after extreme physical exertion, what's going on? Was in a car accident 3 yrs ago and suffered a head injury to the left side of my head. When i had my first few episodes since the accide

Suffering from double vision, image on top of image, seems to occur after extreme physical exertion, what's going on? Was in a car accident 3 yrs ago and suffered a head injury to the left side of my head. When i had my first few episodes since the accide

Double vision: Many conditions can cause double vision, some of them can be related to a car accident. A bad injury can affect one of the nerves that controls vertical eye movement. This is common after an orbital bone fracture. There are also some medical conditions that cause double vision. Some of these are neurological, some are related to high blood pressure or diabetes. Hard to make a diagnosis here. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Without my glasses on, if I cover one eye I see double vision. Is this normal?

Without my glasses on, if I cover one eye I see double vision. Is this normal?

Yes: if it resolves with your glasses on. If not, make an appointment with an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have double vision on things i don't pay attention to. When i close one if i see blurry is this dry eye?

Is that 2 questions?: If you close one eye and its blurry, it could be dry eye, but it could also be a number of other issues. Dry eye typically also has associated ocular discomfort (such as a foreign body sensation, burning, or light sensitivity).

The double vision issue is different. Is it true double or is it like a ghost image?

You should probably see and ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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29 yrs old, active. Laid down for bed, experienced double vision for 5 sec. Pillow had covered one eye prior to me lifting head to look around. Worry.

29 yrs old, active. Laid down for bed, experienced double vision for 5 sec. Pillow had covered one eye prior to me lifting head to look around. Worry.

No worries: If this is the only episode of this you have had I would not worry about it. If it becomes a recurring problem, see an eye doc.

Very likely this was related to the pillow.

Good luck. ...Read more

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30yoF double vision,headache, nausea, tingling in extremities.3 weeks MRIneg. No one can figure out what's wrong. Help!

Considerations: Your problem could represent a viral infestation, even an autoimmune encephalopathy, but would first rule out thyroid, and diabetic issues. A variety of acute nerve issues can do some of this, such as Miller-Fisher syndrome. But maybe this represents merely a complex migraine issue. Suggest a visit to an experienced neurologist at a medical school, as there are folks who can "figure it out". ...Read more

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I am experiencing double vision (quality: with both eyes open) . If this is a side effect of symbalta, what are other similar drugs? Also on neurotin

Double vision: I am experiencing double vision (quality: with both eyes open) . If this is a side effect of symbalta, what are other similar drugs? Also on neurotin. ANS: double vision may be a serious sign of something bad going on in your head. I would discuss with your Dr and be seen. ...Read more

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Had (1 eye) double vision &headache 11-12 months ago...Seen a neuro and MRI w/clear results went away by self. Now yr later blurry in one eye?

Had (1 eye) double vision &headache 11-12 months ago...Seen a neuro and MRI w/clear results went away by self. Now  yr later blurry in one eye?

See your doctor....: Not knowing your age or medical history makes answering question difficult. You should certainly return and see an ophthalmologist and relate to him/her your previous history. An ophthalmologist would be best able to find out what is going on with the eye at this time. The double vision a year ago could be related. Check it out. ...Read more

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What could possibly cause a consistent occurrence of double vision, vertigo feeling associated with Luteal phase and week one of menstrual cycle?

Neurology evaluation: The first step is to see a primary care doctor who can then arrange a consultation with a Neurologist. Vertigo and double vision need to be promptly evaluated. Once serious conditions are excluded the possible links to the menstrual cycle can be evaluated. Consider a virtual visit with a Healthtap Neurologist for more detailed answers ...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