Diplopia – Double Vision

Double vision is always a concern until it has been shown that it is benign and may have a naturally resolving course. Patients experiencing new diplopia vision should be seen within 24 hours. If they have associated neurological symptoms such as headache, they should be seen within the hour.diplopia double vision specialist

Diplopia can be divided into monocular (one-eyed) Diplopia, such as occurs with cataracts, or disorders of the macula or cornea.  Binocular diplopia, where the two eyes are misaligned either horizontally or vertically, means that the patient sees two objects while just looking at one.

When a patient presents with diplopia, it is important to exclude things like a 6th nerve palsy, a 3rd nerve palsy or a 4th nerve palsy, or a central cause of diplopia related to the brain, such as a stroke. This is known as skew deviation. Myasthenia gravis can also present with diplopia. A fracture of the orbital bones around the eye, or a mass in the orbit, such as with orbital tumours or inflammation, or Thyroid Orbitopathy can also cause diplopia.

Once the diagnosis had been reached by a careful clinical examination, the patient can be appropriately managed and the patient treated accordingly.  Most diplopia resolves on its own, or with treatment.

A patient with persistent diplopia is forbidden by law to drive a motor vehicle.


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