Double vision, known as diplopia, is fortunately a relatively rare problem. There are 6 muscles around each eye and they have to be well coordinated or double vision results. If double vision occurs, it can be very aggravating. It can result from a range of complex medical problems that cause misalignment of the eyes or it can be due to a simple optical problem, such as incorrectly made glasses or a need for glasses.
If double vision persists when one eye is closed, the cause can be either the glasses, dry eyes, a cataract, or a problem with the retina. If the double is eliminated when one eye is closed, the problem may be due to the tissues around the eyes, the muscles that move the eyes, the brain or the central nervous system. It could also be a recurrence of a childhood problem.
If you experience double vision, a complete eye examination is the place to start. Sometimes further testing such as a CT scan or MRI may be needed to help determine the cause of the double vision. Blood tests may also be needed. Treatments for double vision range from just changing the glasses prescription to surgery, depending on the cause. In any case, double vision can be a serious symptom and should be evaluated.
Are you or a member of your family having an eye problem? Our doctors at Madison Medical Eye Care are here to help. We provide comprehensive medical and surgical eye care for the whole family including blade-free LASIK vision correction, no-stitch cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, diabetic eye care, macular degeneration care, contact lens fitting and more.
Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery. She practices at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.