- Diplopia is the medical term for double vision or seeing double. Diplopia is defined as seeing two images of a single object when you’re looking at it.
Diplopia can be classified as either monocular (one eye) or binocular (both eyes). Monocular diplopia is present when you use only one eye at a time. Binocular diplopia is present when both eyes are open at the same time. It goes away if you cover one of your eyes.
What are the symptoms of diplopia?
Other than seeing double, diplopia can be associated with other symptoms like:
▪︎Nausea (upset stomach or feeling sick).
▪︎Pain (including when you move your eyes).
▪︎Blurred or unclear vision in one or both eyes.
What causes diplopia?
There are many possible causes of diplopia. The most common causes include:
▪︎Dry eye syndrome.
▪︎Ill-fitting glasses or contact lenses.
▪︎Iris (the colored part of your eye) abnormalities.
▪︎Cranial nerve issues.
Double vision is usually a temporary issue, but it can also be a sign of more serious health conditions. Even if it’s caused by something as simple as needing new glasses, it’s important to get your eyes examined by your healthcare provider right away if you start seeing double.
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