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What is Diplopia?

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Diplopia, or double vision, is defined as seeing two images of the same object. It is very often a symptom of  medical conditions that require immediate medical treatment. One or both eyes can be affected by diplopia.

What Symptoms Can Accompany Diplopia?

It’s common to experience any of the following symptoms along with double vision:

  • Headache or migraine
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty keeping balance
  • Pain around eyes
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Eye misalignment

Whether or not you experience any of the above symptoms with double vision, experiencing diplopia warrants a call to your eye doctor to rule out serious underlying conditions.

What are Possible Causes of Diplopia?

Short-term double vision can be caused by excessive alcohol intake or being very tired, which aren’t causes for much concern.

However, recurring or long-lasting diplopia can signal any of the following conditions:

  • Cranial nerve palsies
  • Stroke
  • Refractive surgery complications
  • Cataracts
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Keratoconus
  • Brain swelling or aneurysm
  • Brain tumor
  • Strabismus

Seeing Double? We Can Help

At Overland Optical, we offer comprehensive eye examinations as well as emergency eye care. If you suddenly or occasionally experience double vision, contact us for a prompt appointment and treatment.

Using the latest and most effective diagnostic equipment, we will thoroughly examine your ocular health to determine what is causing your diplopia. Treatment for diplopia depends on the underlying condition.

Because each patient’s condition is unique, your treatment plan will be tailor-made to suit your needs.

To schedule an eye exam or learn more about our services, call Overland Optical Family Eye Care in Overland or St. Charles today!

At Overland Optical Family Eye Care, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 314-254-2211 or book an appointment online to see one of our Overland eye doctors.

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Can double vision go away on its own?

If you experience a sudden onset of double vision that goes away after an extended period of time, this may be the result of your brain suppressing the secondary image. The underlying condition may still be present and require treatment.

What are signs of double vision in children?

Children who have double vision may not be able to express what they’re seeing, or they may think that they see the world just as everyone else does. Look for these signs that may indicate diplopia in children: frequent squinting, head-tilting or covering one eye when focusing on something.

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