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Double Vision. (Diplopia)

Diplopia, or double vision as it’s more commonly known.

Diplopia, or double vision as it’s more commonly known.

Mine isn’t like this, more side by side with one image fairly blurry, but you get the picture.

I’m writing this as a sufferer of diplopia. For as long as I can remember I have suffered from double vision. Makes life a little hard sometimes, but you adjust. One great thing is that the brain quickly adjusts to change. Or at least I have found so.

I have had numerous operations on my eyes. Not pleasant either I can tell you. Botox injections ( botulinum toxin) in the corners of my eyes, whilst awake. Threads being pulled from the side of my eyes, to adjust the position of my eye, again whilst awake. A pretty weird experience having someone else control your eye movement. Yes I get some quite severe headaches as a result of my vision, but I cope. After all I can’t complain. At least I still have my sight. Lucky compared to some, even if i do see two of everything! Yes I get the question ‘how many fingers can you see?’ everytime I tell someone about it or ‘bet it’s great seeing two of me’. I don’t tell too many people about it though and I don’t personally know any other sufferers..

Anyway, diplopia is basically double vision as I have already mentioned.

There are numerous types of diplopia including:

  • Binocular diplopia – misalignment of the two eyes in relation to each other. Sometimes due to being born with a squint in one eye.  My squint was corrected when i was younger and I sometimes wonder if this is when the double vision first occurred.
  • Monocular diplopia – where more than two images are seen. Possible that out of one eye you can see two images and a further image out of the other eye. I have had a slight spell of this.
  • Temporary diplopia – usually caused by too much alcohol intake or a bang to the head.

There are lots of treatments for sufferers including prism lenses and vision therapy. Surgery is also an option. Unfortunately, none of these have worked for me. The option I was left with was to wear either glasses or contact lenses blocking the vision from one of my eyes completely. I decided I would cope as I was.

I strongly suggest you only watch the following video if you have a good stomach. I watched it and it freaked me out knowing that this is what they did to me when I was asleep. 

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  1. Nice Share.

    :-)

  2. I must have been a surgeon in a previous life, -I find this uber-interesting and sexy..

  3. oooh I avoided the video!!

  4. Cool stuff. I was eating ramen noodles while I was watching though. Not for the squeamish

  5. yuck

  6. Pablina, it is so sad that you are suffering from Monocular diplopia. I had suffered from temporary diplopia three years ago during my trip to Dubai. While one eye had a straight vision the other made me see things at 45 degree angle. I was afraid that with this sort of vision I would never be able to drive the car any more. I went to a doctor at one of the best NMC hospital. Doctor suggested an operation for cataract though I did not have any and charged me a hefty sum for examination. I did not heed his advice. I came back to India. A lady doctor examined me, prescribed few tablets and I was alright within a week. At that time I did not realize diplopia could be that serious as I can see the operation being performed here in the video. Perhaps my high BP had caused it. Nevertheless, I wish that you would recover soon.

  7. interesting

  8. I avoided the video too.

  9. Oh wow can’t watch the video…haha

  10. Well written and very informative

  11. Did not watch the video.

  12. I to have this ive had it for over four years now since i got hit in the head .all my doctors say its never going away sorry to hear that someone else gets to live with this kind of hell

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