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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Sudden onset of pupil dilation. Only in one eye with double vision, feels like there is pressure. Lasted about 5 mins. Frequent. Should I be concerned?

Sudden onset of pupil dilation. Only in one eye with double vision, feels like there is pressure. Lasted about 5 mins. Frequent. Should I be concerned?

Get medical consult.: Hello, sudden pupil dilation and visual disturbances are neurological symptoms that need to be addressed further. There is need to consult a Neurologist and probably imaging studies to evaluate/exclude conditions such posterior cerebral artery aneurysm, dural arteriovenous fistulas etc. Take care. ...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?

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

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