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What Is
Diplopia (Double Vision)?

Diplopia, commonly referred to as double vision, is a condition where an individual perceives two images of a single object. This visual anomaly can occur in one eye (monocular) or both eyes (binocular). While monocular diplopia is often less concerning, binocular diplopia can indicate more serious underlying issues. Those with double vision commonly experience eye pain, headaches, and nausea.

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Cutting-Edge Diplopia Treatment Options

Double vision, a condition that can be both alarming and disruptive, has a range of effective treatments. At Quigley Eye Specialists, we’re proud to be at the vanguard of diplopia interventions. Our state-of-the-art techniques, combined with the latest technology, ensure that our patients receive the most precise and tailored treatments available.

Treatment for Cataract-related Diplopia

Quigley Eye Specialists offers advanced cataract surgeries for those experiencing diplopia as a result of cataracts. Our computer-assisted techniques are particularly beneficial for those looking to correct astigmatism. Moreover, we’re the pioneering private practice in Lee County to utilize the Catalys® system by Johnson & Johnson, a system exclusively designed for cataract surgery. Known for its exceptional accuracy and efficiency, it’s a top-tier choice for addressing diplopia stemming from cataracts.

Treatment for Myasthenia Gravis Diplopia

Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disorder that may cause double vision. To help those living with this diagnosis, Quigley Eye Specialists offers targeted treatments to improve visual clarity. Myasthenia gravis may be effectively managed with specific medications. At Quigley Eye Specialists, we ensure patients with this condition receive the most suitable medication to alleviate their symptoms.

Treatment for Diabetic Diplopia

Diabetes can sometimes lead to nerve damage, resulting in double vision. Regulating blood sugar levels through medicines and insulin may reduce the risk of nerve damage and the associated diplopia. At Quigley Eye Specialists, we understand the unique needs of people with diabetes and prioritize providing specialized care to ensure double vision caused by their condition is addressed effectively.

Treatment for Diplopia Caused by Injury

Injuries, especially those causing weak or pinched eye muscles, may result in diplopia. Additionally, car accidents, sports-related injuries, and other traumas can be the source of double vision. To help our patients regain their natural sight, Quigley Eye Specialists offers a range of options tailored to best suit individual cases. Our comprehensive solutions involve using eye drops and glasses to improve focus or eye muscle exercises to strengthen the muscles that control eye movement. Surgical interventions can be a beneficial course of action to address the root cause and restore normal vision.

Treatment for Diplopia Caused by Graves’ Disease

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune condition that affects the thyroid gland. It can be a cause of diplopia, and it’s important to take steps to treat the underlying condition as soon as possible. Depending on the specifics of the case, surgical and non-surgical interventions can be employed to address the diplopia and other symptoms. Our experienced physicians at Quigley Eye Specialists are dedicated to providing personalized treatment plans for those with Graves’ disease.

Diplopia Prevention

While preventing diplopia from certain causes like cataracts is challenging, preventive measures can be taken to avoid eye injuries. Always wear seat belts in vehicles and use protective goggles or headgear during sports or activities with potential eye hazards. For those with diabetes, maintaining blood sugar levels is crucial to minimize the risk of nerve damage that may lead to double vision.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes Diplopia?

Diplopia, or double vision, can arise from various factors. Common causes include muscle imbalances in the eyes, nerve damage affecting eye movement, brain disorders impacting vision processing, refractive errors, and specific eye conditions like cataracts or corneal irregularities. Traumatic events, such as impacts from car accidents, may also lead to double vision by causing injuries to the eyes or brain. Additionally, systemic health issues like diabetes, stroke, or multiple sclerosis can contribute to diplopia. It’s essential to consult with an eye specialist to determine the exact cause and receive appropriate treatment.

How Is Double Vision Diagnosed?

Your eye specialist will begin with a detailed examination and review of your medical history to diagnose double vision. If diplopia is identified, further diagnostic tests like MRI, MRA, echocardiograms, CTA, CT, or PET scans may be ordered to determine the root cause. At Quigley Eye Specialists, we prioritize a meticulous diagnostic approach to ensure accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment.

Is Double Vision Permanent?

The permanence of double vision, or diplopia, largely depends on its underlying cause. In some cases, diplopia is temporary and may resolve on its own or with minimal intervention. For instance, double vision caused by fatigue or certain medications might dissipate once the triggering factor is addressed.

However, diplopia resulting from more serious conditions, such as brain injuries or neurological disorders, may require comprehensive treatment and could be longer-lasting. Early diagnosis and timely intervention are crucial in managing the condition effectively. It’s always recommended to consult with an eye specialist to understand the nature of the diplopia and the best course of action for treatment.

Can Glasses or Contact Lenses Correct Double Vision?

Yes, in some cases, glasses or contact lenses equipped with special prisms can effectively correct double vision. These prisms work by redirecting light to the retina, helping both eyes to focus on a single image. For individuals with monocular diplopia (double vision in one eye), corrective lenses can often help resolve the visual distortion. However, the success of this solution varies based on the root cause of the diplopia. It’s essential to have a thorough eye examination to determine if glasses or contact lenses are a suitable remedy for your specific situation.

Where Can I Get Treatment for Diplopia?

If you experience double vision, the ophthalmologists at Quigley Eye Specialists are here to provide the comprehensive care and patient-centric solutions you need. Schedule an appointment with us today and have our experts evaluate your vision needs.

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