Seeing Double: What This Could Mean for Your Eyes

diplopiaSeeing double may be indicative of the fact that you have either had one too many glasses of alcohol to drink or that you are at some carnival in a funhouse, but it can also be indicative of an underlying eye condition called diplopia. If you have started to notice that you get double vision either every once in awhile or on a more consistent basis, then you should come in to see Dr. Steve Thom to get your eyes checked. However, to decipher whether or not you may have an eye problem, this article will discuss diplopia in  a little more depth. Read on to learn more.

What Is Diplopia?
Diplopia is an eye condition that causes you to have a simultaneous perception of two objects appearing in any direction: horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, or rotationally. There are several different types of diplopia including voluntary, temporary, monocular, and binocular.

  • Voluntary: Children and adults who are cross-eyed or skew with their vision to see double vision are considered to be in the category of those who have voluntary diplopia.
  • Temporary: This type of diplopia is typically caused by individuals who are either intoxicated or who have suffered from some injury such as a concussion. With proper treatment and care, it will go away in no time.
  • Monocular: As a type of diplopia that only occurs in one eye, monocular diplopia can cause you to see double vision in just one eye itself.
    Binocular: As the most common and most serious type of diplopia, binocular diplopia causes the individual to suffer from double vision in both eyes.

Why Is It So Critical?
Often diplopia or double vision is a symptom of a larger, underlying problem such as a neurological disorder. By affecting your ability to not only see properly but by causing you to become dizzy as well, diplopia can make your everyday life seem possible to function.

If you or a loved one suffer from diplopia, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steve Thom today to help ensure that you get the proper treatment and diagnosis right away. To learn more about diplopia or other eye diseases, contact our office today!

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