Double vision can happen in one or both eyes, and it's a symptom of several other possible problems. Regardless of its cause, the optometrists at VistaSite Eye Care are here to help with evaluation and treatment if you’re experiencing double vision. Call or use online booking to schedule an appointment at the nearest VistaSite Eye Care office in the Bronx today.
Double Vision Evaluation and Treatment Q & A
What is Double Vision?
Double vision, also known as diplopia, causes you to see two images of one thing. Often, these double images are side by side, but one might be partially atop the other instead.
Are There Different Types of Double Vision?
There are two kinds of double vision, monocular diplopia and binocular diplopia:
- Monocular Diplopia: Monocular double vision affects only one eye. This form of double vision results from structural defects like cataracts or astigmatism.
- Binocular Diplopia: Binocular double vision affects both eyes and is by far the more common type of double vision. In children, this type of double vision is often caused by strabismus, a condition that causes the eyes to look in different directions. In adults, binocular double vision can result from conditions like diabetes, stroke, or head injury.
What Should I Do if I Suddenly Experience Double Vision?
If you suddenly experience double vision, don't delay in scheduling an appointment to see the team at VistaSite Eye Care for a double vision evaluation.
Even if the problem appears to go away, your brain might simply be suppressing one eye as compensation for the issue. This means that the issue is still there, and it could eventually cause major problems, including blindness, if untreated.
How is Double Vision Treated?
Your optometrist works with you to determine any underlying causes of your double vision, and then treat those issues first. With monocular double vision, treating the underlying condition generally resolves the problem.
With binocular double vision, how your optometrist treats the problem depends on your symptoms. Possible treatment options may include:
- Change in eyeglass prescription
- Special eye exercises
- Special contact lenses
- Injections to relax eye muscles
- Temporary use of an eye patch
Your optometrist will begin with the most conservative treatment first, which is a prescription change and recommending eye exercises you can do at home. An eye patch may help correct the problem if prescription change and eye exercises aren't successful.
If these measures don't help, you may need Botox® injections to force the eye muscles to relax. While it's rarely necessary, eye alignment surgery can correct the problem permanently.
If you’re suffering from double vision, the team at VistaSite Eye Care can evaluate your eyes and create a treatment plan that works for you. Call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.