Double Vision

Double vision is when you see two images of one object. It can be the sign of a serious condition or simply the result of too much screen time or having the wrong prescription in your glasses. Double vision can affect one or both eyes, depending on the cause. Double vision in one eye is referred to as monocular, in both eyes it is called binocular.

You should always see a doctor about double vision. Even if it comes and goes it can be a symptom of a serious condition. If you have double vision and eye pain, or double vision and a severe headache, seek medical help immediately.

Causes of double vision in both eyes (binocular)

Double vision in both eyes is more common and is often caused by a squint. Squints occur when the eyes are not properly aligned, due to problems with the eye muscles or nerves. Squints are common in children, but can be a sign of a more serious condition in adults.

Binocular double vision can be a symptom of a number of conditions including:

  • diabetes
  • stroke
  • multiple sclerosis
  • aneurysm
  • nerve damage
  • strabismus (crossed eyes)
  • head injury
  • brain tumour
  • Graves’ disease

Causes of double vision in one eye (monocular)

Double vision in one eye is less common and is usually caused by an eye problem, such as:

How Eye Specialists can help

Treatment of double vision depends entirely on the type and cause. To determine the cause of your double vision we’ll use the latest diagnostic tools along with years of experience in diagnosing and treating eye conditions.

If your double vision is caused by an eye condition, we will design a treatment plan tailored to you and your condition. This might be as simple as doing eye exercises, or as complex as surgery. At Eye Specialists we can treat the full range of eye conditions that cause double vision.

If your double vision appears to be caused by another type of medical condition, we will refer you to your GP, or in emergency cases, the closest A&E.

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