Double vision can be unsettling. This condition occurs when you perceive two images of one object or scene at the same time. In minor cases, this is a temporary effect that will go away and does not require further medical treatment. Other times, it can be a sign that you need to see a doctor immediately.
Examples of Minor Double Vision
Several things can cause double vision without permanent damage. You may experience this condition if you drink too much alcohol. It can also happen when you are overly tired. In both cases, the issue should be addressed before doing any task including driving a car or going to work.
Dry eyes can also cause double vision. You may be able to apply over-the-counter drops to correct the problem. If dry eyes persist, then it could indicate a bigger problem that needs medical attention.
When to See a Doctor About Double Vision
Double vision can also happen after a brain aneurysm, brain swelling, head injury, or stroke. If you experience any of these or other unexplained symptoms, seek emergency medical care right away.
Corneal irregularities can also produce a double image. You can often correct the problem by wearing special lenses or using a dry-eye treatment. In some cases, a surgical procedure like intacs or corneal implants may be required.
Cataracts are a common condition that usually appears due to an eye injury or aging. When present, cataracts can cause ghost images. This will only occur in the affected eye due to clouding of the lens.
It is always better to be safe when you are unsure about an eye condition. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Michigan’s Leading Eye Care Physicians Southeast Michigan offices today for an appointment to discuss double vision or any symptoms or changes in your vision.