Double Vision

Dr. Burke is one of Cincinnati’s most trusted resources concerning Double Vision.

What is double vision?

Diplopia, the medical term for double vision, is the perception of the same image in two different visual locations. The brain attempts to deal with double vision by attempting to ignore or suppress one of these 2 different images. If this neural adjustment is unsuccessful, closing one eye or covering one side with an eye patch may be necessary.

What is visual confusion?

Visual confusion is the perception of two different images superimposed onto the same space. One of the most common examples of visual confusion that is particularly dangerous and often debilitating occurs when driving. Adults with visual confusion may describe cars going in the opposite direction crossing over the center line and coming straight at them. This visual confusion is caused by the brain shifting the image of the oncoming car and superimposing it on the road straight ahead.

What are the symptoms of strabismus in adults?

Strabismus often causes complaints in adults. They may complain of double vision (diplopia), visual confusion, loss of binocular (3-D) vision, partial loss of peripheral visual field, and awareness of or neck pain caused by a compensatory head position (head tilt or head turn). Many adults project upon themselves a decreased self-image because they are aware of the negative impact that misaligned eyes (strabismus) causes in many social and vocational settings.

For additional information click here.