Q. What is the reason for double vision following an accident?

Answered by
Dr. Vaibhev Mittal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 23, 2016 and last reviewed on: May 12, 2020

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?



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  • 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 entrapment in fracture bone. As she got operated by maxillofacial surgeon the chances for muscle entrapment are less.
  • Having said that it would be better if you can send her medical records and her eye photos. These will help me in guiding you better.

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Thank you doctor,

When she tries to open her left eye, she is complaining of pain. Why?



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  • Actually, this is a case of blunt trauma. In blunt trauma, any part of the eye may be affected.
  • A common non-serious issue causing pain is traumatic uveitis, which can be easily treated with a mild steroid eye drop.
  • I would request you have a complete comprehensive eye check up at your place.

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