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Advice needed - Anyone ever had double vision and why?

bigjetplane23

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My HA is already bad as it is.
Well, this is about my husband.
He has been seeing double vision and blurry vision for a couple of weeks now. He went to the eye doctor for an eye exam - eye doctor said he needed to wear glasses full time and that he has astigmatism.
He went to pick up his glasses today, and he says he still sees double vision even with the glasses but the blurry vision is better.
Now, my mind is super worried that this can be due to something bad.
Does anyone know any “logical” reasoning behind this? Please help me calm down.
 

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Maybe he needs to see his regular doctor too.
 

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It’s important to know what he means by double vision. If he sees so called “ghosting” where you see the shadows of letters beside, above or below a word, that is not DV. What DV is, would be literally seeing 2 images of the same thing, usually side by side or one on top of the other.

I assume he had a dilated eye exam? If so, the eye doctor looked deep into his optic nerve, and as long as it’s healthy, that greatly reduces the chance that there is anything sinister.

Also, I know from past experience, my doctor said it’s exceedingly rare to have a BT show only vision symptoms; rather there would also be other obvious issues.
 

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It’s important to know what he means by double vision. If he sees so called “ghosting” where you see the shadows of letters beside, above or below a word, that is not DV. What DV is, would be literally seeing 2 images of the same thing, usually side by side or one on top of the other.

I assume he had a dilated eye exam? If so, the eye doctor looked deep into his optic nerve, and as long as it’s healthy, that greatly reduces the chance that there is anything sinister.

Also, I know from past experience, my doctor said it’s exceedingly rare to have a BT show only vision symptoms; rather there would also be other obvious issues.
No, not dilated. Just normal eye exam.
Does astigmatism create double vision (seeing double of things)?
 

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I don’t know. If he is just seeing ghosting, it’s no issue. If not, just have him ask for a dilated exam for peace of mind.
 

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Got new prescriptions, still seeing blurry and double.
Now I’m really freaking out. And Google is making me go into full panic mode.
Please someone, does anyone know of any benign reasons for this to happen? I need to breathe and calm down for a sec.
 

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Dry Eye Syndrome can cause that and is very common. But why not have him get a dilated eye exam which will give you peace of mind? I know you personally are afraid to go to doctors, but is he? If not, don’t push your fears on to him.
 

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If the glasses aren't helping yeah he does need to go back, but it's likely not something that's a huge deal.

I once went to a bunch of eye doctors trying to figure out why I was seeing ghost trails (for lack of better description) after every moving object. Finally one of them just said to me "yeah, sometimes this just happens and we don't know why, but you're fine." It's improved somewhat with time (or I'm just used to it and notice it less). No neuro condition, no eye condition, just...who the heck knows? (My eyesight is terrible - I had giant floaters and strong glasses in grade school - so maybe that's all related but I don't know.)

Once my mom's entire field of vision flipped UPSIDE DOWN for several seconds before reverting to normal. She's spoken to many doctors about it over the years - not out of concern, since obviously if it were a serious problem she'd have realized it in the past 50 years or so, just because she's forever curious to know if anyone's heard of something like that. No one has. But she's fine. She's had double vision in the past, too, for what it's worth.

TL;DR: Sometimes weird stuff just happens.
 

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We maybe need to know a bit about eyes. The lens of the eyes are inferior. It is said that if you gave them to an astronomer they would reject them as being useless!. We do actually see everything upside down and mostly distorted. Amazing as it may seem, the lens of the eyes are basic. It's the brain that turns things right way up and corrects any errors. Being so delicate the eyes can be badly affected in anxiety, and double vision is common.
Oh dearie me!!! Googling!!! A very very big mistake in HA. Slight changes in brain activity can throw vision way out. And in anxiety there is a lot of brain activity!!

 
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