What is diplopia?

Double vision. Diplopia means double vision which is when you see two distinct images of a single object. Sometimes the second image is a shadow near the first image. Sometimes it's a completely separate image. If it disappears when you close one eye, it's called binocular diplopia. If it's still there after closing one eye it's called monocular diplopia (less common). Go see an ophthalmologist to help you.
Doubling of vision. Diplopia is the technical term for any condition in which the two eyes look in different directions which leads to seeing two images of the object viewed.
Double vision. Diploplia refers to double vision. The most common cause is the result of the eyes not moving in a conjugate fashion. In other words they do not move together or in a coordinate fashion when fixating on an object. This may be the result of the muscles that control the eye movements, or the nerves that control the muscles.

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What is vertical diplopia?

One image above othe. Means that patient sees two images when there is only one object, with the images oriented one on top of the other, as opposed to side-by-side. They can also be diagonally oriented too. Because of multiple causes, some serious, patients with diplopia need to see an eye md or neurologist asap. Read more...
Images up and down. Vertical diplopia is doubling of vision usually one from each eye, in which the images are displaced up and down from each other. There can commonly be some horizontal displacement when this occurs. It can result from trauma, or nerve palsy to the muscles leading to the eye and some rare conditions in the orbit and brain. This should be evaluated if of recent onset by an ophthalmologist. Read more...

What does intemmittent diplopia mean?

See two, sometimes. There are many possible causes of intermittent double vision. First question is: does it always go away when you close one eye? Eye muscle imbalances, media opacities like cataract or corneal scars, thyroid conditions, cranial nerve weaknesses (palsies), raised pressure inside the skull, medication side effects, muscle weakness like myesthenia and many other causes are all possible. See an eye md. Read more...

What is monocular diplopia?

Very rare. You describe a condition of seeing two objects with one eye. This is very rare. It has been described in certain diseases of the retina. Rare neurological and psychiatric disorders can produce this effect. Thorough ophthalmologic and neurological evaluation would be appropriate. Read more...
Doubling - one eye. This is the condition in which doubling of the image is seen with one eye alone. This can be due to cataract, corneal distortion, astigmatism or macular distortion. Read more...

What is causing my diplopia?

Diplopia. Double vision can result from disorders in eye, optic nerves, or brain or induced by medicines . Request evaluation by neurologist. Read more...

What is causing monocular diplopia?

Usually cataract. If we are certain that the double image is coming from one eye only (patient still sees double with the other eye covered), the most likely causes are in the ocular "media", meaning the path between the outside world and the retina. Most common causes are cataract, corneal scar, surface retinal scar and other conditions, with cataract being by far the most likely. Read more...
Monocular diplopia. Usually caused by a refractive problem correctable with glasses. Rarely can be caused by other types of eye problems. See your eye doctor to find the cause. Read more...

What is treatment of diplopia if you're not wanting surgery?

Prism or patching. Most important is to establish the cause of the double vision. Once we know the cause, options for treatment are: 1). Addressing the underlying cause, 2). Prism power in the glasses lenses, 3). Covering one eye, or 4). Eye muscle surgery. This depends on how much the eyes are misaligned, whether the findings are stable or changing, and the patients preference. Read more...