When your eyes no longer seem to be working together properly, resulting in you seeing double images when there should only be one, you have diplopia and should come in to be examined by an optometrist in Lawrence KS without delay. Our optometry staff has been helping patients with their double vision, and we would be happy to consult with you and improve your vision.

What Is Diplopia?

Diplopia is the term describing a condition that causes patients to experience double vision or to possibly see ghost images when only a single item is being viewed. Diplopia can be a temporary condition or maybe something more severe. Your optometrist can tell for certain after you come in for an examination.

Causes of Diplopia

If you are experiencing diplopia, you would be wondering how you contracted it. Diplopia has a number of causes, including:

  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Head injury
  • Stroke
  • Dry eye
  • Tumor in brain
  • Brain aneurysm
  • Irregularities of the cornea
  • Refractive surgery

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you suspect that you have diplopia for any reason, do not hesitate to call our office to learn how we might help with this condition.

What Are the Symptoms of Diplopia?

The primary symptoms of diplopia are seeing double images when there is actually only one image in front of you. Sometimes patients observe what is termed “ghost images.” They are partial images of objects in front of you or to the side. Often you will experience ghost images when looking at a source of light.

How Can an Optometrist Diagnose and Treat Diplopia?

Our optometrist will need to get your medical history and then give you a thorough eye exam in order to attend a proper diagnosis. An eye exam will determine if you are seeing ghost images or having double vision.

Options for treatment by your eye doctor include:

  • Resting your eyes (for temporary cases caused by fatigue)
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol (excess alcohol consumption can cause temporary double vision)
  • Special prisms for your prescription eyeglasses
  • Surgery
  • Eye drops to clear up double vision resulting from refractive surgery such as LASIK
  • Additional laser surgery to address ghost images caused by irregularities in the cornea
  • Consultation with a neurologist

Let the Optometry Professionals at Crandon & Crandon Treat Your Case of Diplopia

The sometimes serious problem of double vision is something you will want to treat of without delay. Your preferred optometry professionals here in Lawrence KS are here to provide assistance. Should you have any questions about diplopia or are in need of an appointment with an eye doctor, contact Crandon & Crandon at your earliest convenience.