Double vision can happen in one or both eyes, and it's a symptom of several other possible problems. Regardless of its cause, the optometrists at VistaSite Eye Care in New York City are here to help with evaluation and treatment if you’re experiencing double vision. Call or use online booking to schedule an appointment at the nearest VistaSite Eye Care office in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Valley Stream, or Washington Heights today.
Double vision, also known as diplopia, causes you to see two images of one thing. Often, these double images are side by side, but one might be partially atop the other instead.
There are two kinds of double vision, monocular diplopia and binocular diplopia:
If you suddenly experience double vision, don't delay in scheduling an appointment to see the team at VistaSite Eye Care for a double vision evaluation.
Even if the problem appears to go away, your brain might simply be suppressing one eye as compensation for the issue. This means that the issue is still there, and it could eventually cause major problems, including blindness, if untreated.
Your optometrist works with you to determine any underlying causes of your double vision, and then treat those issues first. With monocular double vision, treating the underlying condition generally resolves the problem.
With binocular double vision, how your optometrist treats the problem depends on your symptoms. Possible treatment options may include:
Your optometrist will begin with the most conservative treatment first, which is a prescription change and recommending eye exercises you can do at home. An eye patch may help correct the problem if prescription change and eye exercises aren't successful.
If these measures don't help, you may need Botox® injections to force the eye muscles to relax. While it's rarely necessary, eye alignment surgery can correct the problem permanently.
If you’re suffering from double vision, the team at VistaSite Eye Care can evaluate your eyes and create a treatment plan that works for you. Call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.