Causes And Correction For Double Vision
If you are experiencing double vision, then it could be a sign of a serious health problem. However, it could also be a fixable vision problem. If serious issues, such as head trauma or a stroke, have been ruled out, then the problem is most likely in the structure of your eye. The good news is that most cases of double vision can be corrected or at least minimized.
Here is more information about the common causes of double vision and corrective measures your eye doctor may take so that you can see normally.
What Are the Symptoms of Double Vision?
The most noticeable sign of double vision is actually seeing two of everything either separately or overlapping each other. However, seeing double is not always so obvious. You may be seeing double without realizing it, especially if you have other vision problems, because your brain has adapted to it. Other signs of double vision problems include headaches and pain around your eyes and even frequent nausea.
What Causes Double Vision?
There is a wide range of causes for double vision, and some of them have nothing to do with your eyes. Here are some examples of common non-eye-related and eye-related causes.
Non-Eye-Related Double Vision
Examples of medical conditions that can cause problems with your eyes, including double vision, are:
- Head Trauma
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Graves Disease
All of these diseases require immediate treatment from a medical doctor, first, before treating any problem with the eyes.
Eye-Related Double Vision
Problems with the structure and muscles surrounding the eye can cause double vision problems including some of the following issues:
- Weak Eye Muscles
- Corneal Issues
- "Lazy Eye"
These problems may only affect the vision of one eye or both and are correctable for most people.
How Is Double Vision Corrected?
First, for non-medical issues, your eye doctor will examine your eyes to determine the exact cause, then take corrective measures to fix the anomaly. For most people, double vision is easily corrected through a proper glasses or contact lens prescription. In some cases, eye drops may help. However, for a small number of structural problems, such as a severely irregular cornea, cataracts, or troublesome muscle-control issues, surgery may be the best recourse.
Double vision is something that you shouldn't need to live with. There are several treatments and options to help you see better. After other health conditions are ruled out and treated, your double vision issues can be corrected. With your eye doctor's help, you should be able to see clearly and go on with your life. Contact your eye doctor to get started with an eye exam.