Seeing Double? Understanding and Treating Double Vision

eye strainDouble-vision is a medical condition that is exactly as the name suggests. The sufferer will see two images of an object, rather than just the one. This can manifest itself in a variety of ways. You may see the two images on top of one another or alternatively, they may appear side by side. It might be a constant problem or you may only experience it from time to time.

Although it’s not serious in itself, it may be a symptom of a more severe underlying cause. It can also prove dangerous when driving or handling machinery, so it’s certainly worth getting it checked out by a professional eye specialist.

Why Have You Got Double-Vision?

Double-vision can occur in one eye or both and there are a variety of causes. Abnormalities of the eye, such as astigmatism, cataracts or macular degeneration can cause you to start seeing double. Squinting is also a known cause.

In some cases, disease can cause double-vision. The condition has been linked to diabetes, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, stroke and even brain tumor. However, it’s important to realize that the latter is rare!

Curing the Problem: Is Surgery the Only Option?

Actually, surgery is often avoidable with double-vision and in many instances the condition can be treated with contact lenses or corrective glasses. However, for those whose double-vision is caused by squinting, surgery may be a preferable option.

The surgical procedure involves adjusting the muscles around the eyes to change their position and help with realignment. It enjoys good levels of success and in most cases, cures not only the double-vision, but the squint too.

Finding Out What the Best Treatment is For Your Double-Vision

The only way to discover what treatment is best suited for your double-vision is to book an appointment with your local eye specialist. If you’re worried about your double-vision and would like to arrange a time to speak to Dr Guggino and his team, simply call today at 813 876 1400.