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On overview of Double Vision


You may be familiar with the phrase 'seeing double', but do you know what double vision is?

Double vision, which is sometimes referred to by the medical term diplopia, can have a number of causes and may manifest itself in a number of different ways. Some people see two images of one object out of a single eye, while others experience double vision through both eyes. For some, double vision can occur periodically, or it can persist over time. This is why it is so important to speak with a trusted optometrist about any double vision symptoms you may be experiencing. They can help you get to the root of the problem and advise on the appropriate treatment for your symptoms.

What are the symptoms of double vision?

In addition to seeing two images of a single object, people who experience double vision may also frequently complain of migraines, headaches or a general feeling of nausea. You will also want to note any changes in the appearance of your eyes. Weakness in your eye muscles can cause your eyelids to droop, or for one or both of your eyes to be misaligned. You may also experience pain or discomfort in and around your eye, especially when your eyes move.

How can double vision be treated?

Because there are so many different causes of double vision - ranging from scratches or damage to the cornea to long-term health conditions like diabetes - there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. Your optometrist can help you determine the cause of your double vision, as well as an appropriate course of treatment that meets your needs. Treatments for double vision can range from prescription medication to minor surgery - and in some cases, may also require you to consult with your medical doctor to address treatment for related health conditions, such as multiple sclerosis.

Consult with your optometrist as soon as possible to identify the causes of your double vision as well as an appropriate course of treatment.