Double Vision

Double vision is otherwise called diplopia. In this, two images of an object can be seen. It affects balance, movement, and reading ability. If it involves one eye, it is referred to as monocular. If it involves both eyes, then it is called binocular. It is often caused due to previous trauma, stroke, and other neurological disorders. It can also be caused due to excess external pressure given on one eye, extreme fatigue, and using incorrect eyeglass prescription. It can be treated by using glasses, doing eye exercise, wearing opaque contact lenses, having Botox injections, and surgery.

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I am suffering from blurred vision, double vision, and ocular pain. What could cause this?

Query: Hi doctor, I have blurred vision, double vision, and ocular pain in the left eye intensified with eyeballs movement. In the left eye, I have exophthalmos and eyelid ptosis. I had the same cohort of symptoms two years ago, and symptoms began and stopped after six months. I did not receive a diagnosis...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is very difficult to give you a diagnosis. You are complaining of blurred vision but your ophthalmologic examination is normal except for conjunctival hyperemia and disc pallor. You have double vision, Hess Lancaster tests show that there is no true diplopia. P...  Read Full »

Left eye starts watering when I see bright light. Why is it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 year old male. I have noticed over the past several months, that I have been favoring my right eye more (monocular vision). My right eye is my dominant eye. I have been leaning in that direction to read. I can still see out of my left eye but the focus is from my right. I have s...  Read Full »

Dr. Anand Yattinamani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity) of your eyes. It looks absolutely normal. Your symptoms appear to be related to eye fatigue and tiredness due to continuous reading. Also there dominant eye can be changed with little eff...  Read Full »

I have had varied problems with my vision since childhood. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had trouble reading since I was a child, often misunderstanding written directions and rarely reading well (I mostly remembered what was being read). Even with reading glasses (relatively weak), I often cannot see the words correctly. The words are reasonably clear, if far, but ...  Read Full »

Dr. Manish Mahabir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and would recommend you get refraction under cycloplegia or after putting in Homide (Homatropine) eye drops to relax your ciliary muscles. Also, get Schirmer's test done to check for dryness. I would be able to guide you better if you could ...  Read Full »

I have increased cylindrical power in both eyes with ghosting and double vision. Is this a symptom of keratoconus?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 29-year-old male. Recently I had a change in my cylindrical power from -0.75 D (right) and -1 D (left) to -1.25 D in both eyes. I am myopic, and my spherical power has remained the same for a long. However, I noticed ghosting, and double vision, especially during low light and co...  Read Full »

Dr. Sheikh Zubair Abdul Razzak

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I have seen your reports (attachments removed to protect the patients identity) on the axial length and the corneal topography pachymetry. If increasing the cylindrical power helps reduce the ghost images, then you can d...  Read Full »

What is the reason for having double vision and is it preventable?

Query: Hi doctor, I experienced double vision in a 100-mile trail run around 18 hours into the race. The double vision cleared after 20 minutes of closing my eyes in the medical tent. After a week, I saw an ophthalmologist who did a few tests and concluded that it was eye fatigue. I experienced double vis...  Read Full »

Dr. Rasmi Abo Touk Rifai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems that you have phoria (not strabismus) and the fatigue in eye muscle cause double vision. I advise you to decrease the effort. Take good time to rest and use vitamin B (1,6,12) and keep your vision good (always about 20/20) by glasses or without any problem in y...  Read Full »

Can you please suggest some drugs for the inflammation of the brain?

Query: Hello doctor, My sister's daughter, aged 14 years, was having double vision from past one week. After having an MRI, a neurologist looked at the scans and said she had multiple sclerosis (MS). He pointed out that she had many white spots (lesions) on the brain scan and also, she has inflammation of...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. There is no over-the-counter medication for inflammation in multiple sclerosis. You should know that high-dose steroids are the main therapy in these cases, and they are not over-the-counter medications. Anyway, there is no reason to panic as...  Read Full »

I have a droopy eyelid that droops more when I am tired. Is it due to the eyebrow scar on my left eye?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old, and I have been insecure about my eyes and nose for a long time. My eyes are asymmetrical, it is not noticeable in person, but it is obvious in a photograph. However, when I am tired, my left eye droops even more. I have droopy eyelids and sometimes experience double vi...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Droopy eyelids, also called ptosis, are easily corrected by surgery, but as you said, your eyelids droop more when you are tired is a little concerning. Also, your condition is associated with breathing difficultie...  Read Full »

I got an eye scratch, causing blurred and double vision with headaches. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter scratched my eye pretty deeply three weeks ago. I had a few appointments, told me it was healing nicely, and only a tiny scratch was left. It has been two weeks since then, and my vision is still very blurry. I have a slight double vision. Still have light sensitivity and can n...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your symptoms are suggestive of epithelial erosion. I suggest, A. Cold compresses. B. Use lubricating eyedrop frequently like Carboxymethylcellulose. C. Soft steroids like Fluorometholone can be used in case of inflammation in the eye....  Read Full »

My left eyelid is shut, and I have double and blurry vision in that eye. Do I have microvascular cranial nerve palsy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 64-year-old woman who has had issues in the left eye for the past two to three days. I suffer from blurry vision and double vision. I was admitted to the ICU for elevated BP levels at 240 mmHg, which has now reduced to 140 mmHg. My left eyelid is now shut off, and I have no control...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Yes, it is a case of microvascular infarction leading to complete ptosis and ophthalmoplegia. It is advisable to wait and watch as recovery is expected in the first three months of the appearance of symptoms. If no...  Read Full »

What causes double vision after an accident?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 16 years old. She met with an accident and got an injury on her face. It was operated by a maxillofacial surgeon. The upper portion of the right eye is red. She can open her eye, but she is having double vision. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Redness could be due to subconjunctival hemorrhage. It usually resolves without treatment. Diplopia could be due to nerve palsy. In this case we usually observe the patient for six months for spontaneous recovery. Another less common cause could be muscle entra...  Read Full »

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