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What does it mean if you have double vision? Is this a neurological condition?

What does it mean if you have double vision? Is this a neurological condition?

Can be: Binocular double vision typically indicates an eye alignment issue, which can be neurological (vascular, hemorrhagic event or mass), mechanical in terms of affecting the extraocular muscles motility, neurologic in terms of the nerve input to the muscles.

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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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.

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I see double vision and having speeching problem what does it mean?

I see double vision and having speeching problem what does it mean?

A medical emergency: If these are new symptoms and came on rather fast, I would suggest getting to the er fast--call paramedic (don't drive yourself as you are not seeing well). I fear that you possibly having a stroke at this time. Other neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis may cause same, but I would not take that chance at this time. Please get evaluated asap. Best of luck to you.

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When I wake up during night, I sometimes have double vision for a little while. Is this normal?

When I wake up during night, I sometimes have double vision for a little while. Is this normal?

It certainly can be: A lot of people have a "phoria": the inability to keep the 2 eyes looking together when they are tired. This is quite common, and usually lasts for only a few moments. Phorias do not need to be treated. If you experience double vision at random times of the day or the double vision does not go away, you should see an eye doctor. You may want to see one anyway if only to reassure you.

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What does it mean if you start getting double vision when you're intoxicated?

What does it mean if you start getting double vision when you're intoxicated?

Loss of control: There is a condition called a phoria, which occurs when people who have otherwise straight eyes get tired or have decreased consciousness (or get drunk). The eyes "cross" temporarily but can be forced to straighten with effort. There is no danger, but it is a definite sign that you are intoxicated.

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What does it mean if I see double vision and feel dizzy everytime I put my head bavk up after reading or looking down for a few minutes?

What does it mean if I see double vision and feel dizzy everytime I put my head bavk up after reading or looking down for a few minutes?

See your PCP: For consultation. The neurological exam might help find an etiology for this symptom or rule out any other pathology. Take care.

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Sort of having double vision. Only in spots if you know what I mean. Saw double lines on highway and trouble seeing straight. What could it be?

Sort of having double vision. Only in spots if you know what I mean. Saw double lines on highway and trouble seeing straight. What could it be?

What it could be is: ...you turned into a cream sauce on the highway after a major wreck caused by your double vision, and a lot of other people dead or injured, too. The way to find out what it could be is to see a doctor and have him/her work it up. By the time you get to the cream-sauce stage, it'll be a bit late for that.

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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.

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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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Does double vision automatically mean brain tumor or cancer?

Does double vision automatically mean brain tumor or cancer?

No, but you need to: See your doctor for vision screening & referral to an ophthalmologist, an M.D. eye doctor. Your doctor will perform physical & neurological exams to determine if you also need to see a neurologist.

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Began a thyroid med last week (mornings), but also take Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg and topiramate (eves). In mornings now wake with crosseyed double vision/nausea, and during day at times get disoriented/nauseous?

Began a thyroid med last week (mornings), but also take Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg and topiramate (eves). In mornings now wake with crosseyed double vision/nausea, and during day at times get disoriented/nauseous?

Probably not the med: These symptoms don't sound like things the thyroid med would cause. Perhaps you have a problem with circulation or the brain. See your doctor and get checked as soon as possible. Good luck!

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After a myriad of gradually onset problems (double vision in left eye, memory problems, dizziness, headaches etc) my doctor said my mri showed a brain lesion. I have an appt with a neurologist but not for a while. What could this mean??

After a myriad of gradually onset problems (double vision in left eye, memory problems, dizziness, headaches etc) my doctor said my mri showed a brain lesion. I have an appt with a neurologist but not for a while. What could this mean??

Could be anything: When I write my radiology reports, I don't expect the ordering doctor to ONLY say, "You have a brain lesion, see this guy/gal." The MRI report should have been discussed with you in more detail.
If the ordering doc had no idea what the radiologist was describing, he/she should have called the radiologist directly before your office visit.
See the neurologist soon and get this cleared up.

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If you have double vision should you wear contacts?

No, but you can: Depending on the cause of double vision, contacts may help, or at the very least they will not make matters worse. Double vision caused by prescription problems will improve with either glasses or contacts. If the problem is caused by misalignment of the eyes rather than a prescription issue, contacts will not help, but glasses with prism could.

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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.

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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

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Can double vision be cfixed?

Can double vision be cfixed?

Usually: Most cases of double vision can be fixed with prisms and/or eye muscle surgery.

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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
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