If left untreated, double vision can be a very debilitating condition. It can affect your ability to function normally throughout the day, particularly when it comes to activities such as driving; where suffering from double vision can actually be dangerous.
If you suspect that you or your child have double vision, it’s important to talk to an expert ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Whilst most cases of double vision are non-threatening, it can be a symptom of a more serious condition.
Double Vision: What is it?
Double vision, or diplopia, to give its medical name, refers to the condition of seeing two images of a single object.
This may occur occasionally, or may occur all the time. Images can present themselves in a variety of ways; with some sufferers reporting seeing images on top of one another, and others seeing images side by side.
It can affect one or both of the eyes.
What Causes Double Vision?
There are several different reasons why you or your child may have double vision. Some common causes include:
- Abnormalities in certain parts of the eye, such as the retina or cornea
- Strabismus / Squinting (Common in children)
- Thyroid conditions
- Blood-flow related conditions, such as stroke
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Brain Tumor
- Head injury
Most causes of double vision are non-threatening and easily rectified, but it is important to seek medical advice as soon as possible, in case of any underlying condition.
What Action will Your Ophthalmic Doctor Take?
First of all, an ophthalmic surgeon will want to do some initial testing to identify the exact nature of the problem. This is likely to involve an assessment of your vision; and your ophthalmic doctor will assess your binocular vision, the positioning of your eyes and general functionality.
You may be referred for additional blood tests and CT / MRI scans, but in the vast majority of cases, this is not necessary.
Treatment for Double Vision
Treatment for the condition very much depends on the nature of the problem. In some cases, it can be treated with corrective glasses or contact lenses and you may be recommended a course of eye exercises to help strengthen the muscles.
However, in other cases, surgery may be required, particularly if the problem is caused by cataracts or severe astigmatism.
Dr Guggino: Double Vision Specialist
Dr Guggino is a specialist ophthalmic doctor and specializes in treating double-vision and associated problems. To find out more, simply book an appointment by calling (813) 876–1400.