10 Common Causes of Double Vision

By nigel
Jul 16, 2019
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Double vision, also referred to as diplopia, is a condition in which a person seems to see double of everything. This can make it very hard for them to maintain their hand-eye coordination and balance and can lead to a number of problems if the problem occurs on a regular basis.

Double vision can be caused by temporary things, such as getting hit on the head or drinking too much alcohol. However, there is also a more permanent form of double vision which is referred to as diplopia. Diplopia can occur in one eye or in both eyes. It’s better if it’s only in one eye, although this is still a serious problem that should be managed. This can often be managed by wearing special glasses that compensate for the damaged cornea.

A number of things can contribute to diplopia. Keratoconus, a condition in which the cornea becomes shaped more like a cone, can impede vision and cause double vision. There are also a number of infections such as shingles and herpes that can contribute to the problem, as can scarring and excessive dryness of the eyes. If you have been experiencing diplopia for some time and you’re wondering why, perhaps reading this list of some of the most common causes of the problem will help you identify the source. Afterward, you’ll be better able to make a decision as to how you can manage the problem.

Cause #1: Stroke

A stroke is a medical condition that can be fatal. It occurs when there isn’t enough blood flowing to the brain, which can result in brain cells dying. There are two types of stroke: ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. Both of these are known to contribute to double vision in certain cases.

Because of the way that a stroke interferes with the functioning of the brain, it can impede and alter the function of our bodily functions—including our eyesight. If you are experiencing double vision as a result of a recent stroke then you should talk to your doctor.

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