Because there are so many possible factors involved in the development of double vision, a thorough evaluation must be made before a personalized treatment plan can be created. While recommended interventions vary from case to case, there are a number of measures that can be taken to address double vision, including:
- Wearing corrective eyewear, such as glasses or contacts
- Attaching ultra-thin, clear plastic prisms to glasses
- Eye exercises
- Botox® injections to relax overactive eye muscles
- Wearing an eye patch
- Wearing an opaque contact lens
- Undergoing a surgical procedure to reposition the eye muscles
Once the underlying cause of a patient’s diplopia has been accurately identified, the proper course of treatment can be laid out:
- Astigmatism: Depending on the severity of irregularity, it may be possible to correct the astigmatism through a laser eye surgery procedure such as LASIK or PRK. Alternatively, some patients may be able to achieve good results by wearing soft toric contact lenses, while others may have to wear rigid contacts.
- Cataracts: If a cataract is causing double vision, it can be surgically removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL).
- Muscle disorders: If muscle disorders are determined to be causing a patient’s diplopia, conservative vision therapies such as prisms and occlusion will comprise the first course of treatment. If these are not successful, eye muscle surgery may be recommended.
- Serious health conditions: If serious health conditions are diagnosed, then we will work together with your primary physician to ensure that the management of your ocular health is coordinated with the treatment of your underlying health condition.