Treatment Options for Diplopia, or “Double Vision”

Treatment Options for Diplopia, or “Double Vision”

At Broberg Eye Care, we diagnose and provide exceptional treatment for a wide range of ocular conditions, eyelid disorders, and eye diseases. This includes vision therapy for diplopia, a condition more commonly known as “double vision.” There are many possible causes for diplopia, ranging from common eye conditions to serious health disorders. What is certain is that if you or someone you love is experiencing the symptoms of diplopia, it should be treated as an urgent matter. While we can provide effective diplopia treatment at our Austin, TX eye care center, timely diagnosis is necessary to preserving the health of the eyes and ruling out underlying conditions such as stroke, diabetes, or aneurysm.

There are four of the finest, most experienced ophthalmologists in the region at your service, ready to provide you with the best that eye care has to offer. Dr. Peter Broberg, Dr. Halsey Settle, Dr. William McGlathery, and Dr. Ximena de Sabra use state-of-the-art technology and therapeutic protocols to diagnose, treat, and manage diplopia and its related conditions. If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our four esteemed eye care professionals, please don’t hesitate to contact Broberg Eye Care today.

Diagnosing the Cause of Diplopia

Before diplopia can be treated, its underlying cause must first be diagnosed. The most common causes of diplopia include:

  • Astigmatism: Astigmatism refers to an imperfection in the shape of either the cornea or lens, both of which should be smooth and perfectly curved. Severe astigmatism, such as often occurs as a result of disease or injury, can cause diplopia in one or both eyes.
  • Cataracts: Cataracts often lead to monocular diplopia, or double vision in just one of the eyes.
  • Muscle disorders: Muscle disorders can result in the eyes becoming misaligned. Common muscle orders resulting in diplopia include Graves’ disease and myasthenia.
  • Serious health conditions: Diplopia can be a symptom of a major health problem, such as stroke, diabetes, aneurysm, brain tumor, or multiple sclerosis.

Treating Diplopia

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: The only way to treat cataracts is through their surgical removal and subsequent replacement with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Once the cataract-affected lens has been removed, the double vision will be resolved. The IOL will then restore crisp, clear vision.
  • 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.

Learn More about Diplopia Treatment

To learn more about diplopia treatment, please contact Broberg Eye Care today.

By | 2018-04-18T09:30:39+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Eye Care, Eye Conditions|