What Causes Double Vision?

Double vision, which is also known as diplopia, is a condition that happens when you simultaneously see two images of one object. The vision displacement can happen horizontally, vertically, or even diagonally. It can also occur occasionally, all the time, or when looking in one specific direction. While some causes of double vision are relatively insignificant, others are serious and should receive immediate medical attention.

Here are some of the common causes of double vision:
  • Cataracts, which is a common problem with the eye lens. The condition may appear in one or both eyes, but it’s treatable with minor surgery. 
  • Corneal problems, such as corneal scars, dry corneas, and corneal infections. 
  • Weak eye muscles can distort vision, as a weak eye can no longer smoothly move in unison with the healthy eye. Those who have certain autoimmune illnesses and thyroid conditions are more likely to have weak eye muscles.
  • Any condition that can cause damage to the nerves that control your eye muscles, such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes.
  • Because your brain directly connects to nerves that control your eyes, any brain issues, including strokes, brain tumors, migraines, brain trauma, and aneurysms.
If you or someone else you know is experience double vision, please give us a call to schedule an appointment. We can determine the cause and address the underlying reason for the condition.


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