Double Vision (Diplopia)

Double vision, or diplopia, is when you see two simultaneous images of a single object. The two images may appear side by side, on top of each other, or at an angle. 

Various underlying conditions, nerve damage, or certain medications can cause it. Treatment for double vision depends on its underlying cause and may range from prescription glasses to surgery in severe cases. 

If you have double vision, seeking medical attention as soon as possible is important since it could be a symptom of an underlying condition. At EyesNY, we offer treatment options for diplopia that best adjust to your needs. Our experienced team of specialists offers caring and custom eye care.

Types of Double Vision

There are two main types of double vision or diplopia:

  • Monocular Diplopia

When the issue is present in a single eye, it is called monocular diplopia. Nearsightedness or farsightedness, cataracts, or other related eye problems can cause it. Monocular diplopia can be easily treated and corrected with glasses or surgery.

  • Binocular Diplopia

When both eyes see double, this condition is called binocular diplopia. This type of diplopia can be caused by eye misalignment, or it may be a symptom of an underlying condition. In this case, treatment will depend on the underlying condition and may include vision therapy, eye exercises, medication, or surgery.

Double Vision (Diplopia) Causes

Multiple factors can cause diplopia. These vary depending on the type of type of diplopia you have.

  • Monocular Diplopia
  • Binocular Diplopia
    • Misaligned eyes
    • Brain injuries
    • Neurological issues

Double vision can also be caused by underlying conditions, such as: 

Getting medical assistance is crucial to determine what underlying condition may be causing your symptoms. Treatment should start promptly. 

Diplopia Diagnosis

Our specialists might ask about your medical or family history of eye diseases during your eye exam. Also, reviewing your overall health state will help determine the cause of diplopia. 

People with monocular diplopia will need an eye exam before confirming a diagnosis. 

To provide a diagnosis for binocular diplopia, your Ophthalmologist may perform multiple tests and studies, including:

  • Blood tests
  • Ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT) scan

Double Vision (Diplopia) Treatment

Treatment of diplopia depends on its underlying cause. Common treatment options include:

  • Corrective lenses: For monocular double vision, your doctor may prescribe regular corrective lenses to help with nearsightedness or farsightedness. 
  • Eye exercises: If a problem with eye muscle control causes double vision, eye exercises may be prescribed by an eye doctor or vision therapist.
  • Patching: For monocular double vision, your doctor may ask you to wear an eyepatch to correct misalignment. 
  • Prism glasses: For binocular diplopia caused by eye misalignment, special glasses with prism lenses can help. 
  • Medication: If an underlying medical condition causes diplopia, medication may be prescribed to manage the condition.
  • Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the underlying problem. 

Consulting our specialists will help you determine the underlying cause of your diplopia and develop an appropriate treatment plan for you.

Double Vision Treatment in New York

EyesNY offers multiple treatment options to help patients detect the cause of double vision and tailor a personalized treatment. Our specialized team of ophthalmologists is ready to assess your needs and give you the high-quality vision care you deserve. 

We work with cutting-edge technology to identify the root cause of your condition and create personalized treatment plans. Our caring staff is ready to welcome you and meet your ocular health and vision needs. We offer comprehensive ophthalmology services, including treatment for double vision or diplopia. 

If you’d like a consultation or more information, contact us, schedule an appointment online, or visit our clinics. You can also visit any of our clinic locations around New York, including Malta, Clifton Park, Troy, Saratoga Springs, and Queensbury.

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Malta
658 Malta Ave., Ste 101
Malta, NY 12020

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Saratoga Springs
414 Maple Ave Ste 200
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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Clifton Park
1712 U.S. 9
Clifton Park, NY 12065

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Queensbury
535 Bay Road
Queensbury, NY 12804

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2200 Burdett Street Ste 206
Troy, NY 12180

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