What is double vision?
Ocular misalignment prevents the brain from fusing images from each eye into a single image, and this often affects depth perception and may result in double vision (diplopia). In many cases, the brain will shut down or suppress visual input from the misaligned eye, which may lead to permanent vision loss. There are three types of double vision: monocular, binocular, and physiologic. When diplopia impacts one eye, it's monocular. If it affects both eyes, it's binocular. Physiologic double vision is a "normal" phenomenon that typically occurs when we look at an object too closely. While physiologic double vision isn't usually a cause for worry, the other two types should be assessed by an ophthalmologist as these may be signs of a more serious eye concern. Reach out to Ticho Eye Associates today to book an appointment. We are conveniently located in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, and Munster, IN.
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How is double vision treated?
The treatment for double vision will depend on the type and underlying cause. Monocular double vision is the most common form of diplopia, which is often caused by cataracts, macular degeneration, or some other eye disease. In these cases, we usually recommend refractive correction with prescription glasses. For binocular vision, we may utilize an eye patch, filters on glasses, or a specialized contact lens for one eye. Other possible treatments may include BOTOX or strabismus surgery to address the eye muscles that are causing misalignment (which results in double vision).
Double Vision FAQ
What causes double vision?
Double vision can be caused by a number of factors, such as corneal or lens problems within the eye. In some cases, double vision can be a result of underlying conditions like Graves' disease, diabetes, or multiple sclerosis.
How do we test for double vision?
For most patients, we will be able to test for double vision by simply asking them to follow our finger as we move it up and down, or right to left. During this test, our staff will be looking for any muscle weakness. We also may use a slit lamp to get a better look inside the eye itself.
Is double vision considered to be serious?
Generally, double vision is not a sign of any serious underlying causes. In many cases, it can simply be due to stress or fatigue. If the double vision continues to persist, schedule an appointment at Ticho Eye Associates so our expert staff can take a better look.
Dependable care for double vision
Ticho Eye Associates has been serving the communities of Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, and Munster, IN with quality eye care for many years. If you've been seeing double, call our office today to make an appointment. Our team of ophthalmologists is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of double vision. Thanks to modern eye care, there are several treatments to choose from to improve your eyesight.