Treatment for double vision can vary.
With double vision, the most important step is to identify and treat the underlying cause.
That is because there are many possibilities that can cause this vision disorder.
In some cases, double vision can be improved by managing or correcting its cause.
Treatment for double vision includes:
Astigmatism - Conventional ways include LASIK surgery and putting on prescribed corrective lenses. Considering the dangers of LASIK and how over-reliance on corrective lenses will do you more harm than good in long run, I will recommend that you try eye exercises first.
Cranial nerve palsies - Most cranial nerve palsies go away without treatment when the condition that caused them improves. But some people may need vision therapy, surgery or special prism in eyeglasses to help with the double vision.
Diabetes - Blood sugars can be controlled by drugs or insulin administration.
Dislocated lens - Surgery may be required to reposition the lens. If it is impossible to place the natural lens back, intraocular lens will be used.
Dry Eyes - Tear substitutes (eye drops) can help. In very severe rare cases the patient may need surgery.
Trauma to the eye muscles or nerves - After examination, your eye doctor may refer you to a specialist such as a neurologist or neurosurgeon for further testing and treatment.
Keratoconus - Eyeglasses can correct mild vision problems. Moderate to severe keratoconus may require specially-fitted rigid contact lenses to improve vision. Severe keratoconus, which causes corneal scarring and swelling, may require a cornea transplant.
Myasthenia gravis - Medications are administered to improve neuromuscular transmission and increase muscle strength.
Pterygium - No treatment is needed unless the pterygium begins to block vision. Then it can be removed with surgery.
Unbalanced eye muscles or strabismus - Treatment may involve vision training (eye exercises), special glasses, strabismus surgery, or a combination of all. The earlier this disorder is detected, the higher success rate of full recovery.
Strabismus becomes much harder to correct once the child reaches adulthood. Injections of botulinum toxin (Botox) may be recommend as it can weaken strong eye muscles opposite the weakened one to help balance vision.
If double vision can't be reversed, treatments can help people live with double vision. Sometimes, this requires wearing an eye patch or special prism glasses to minimize the effect of double vision.
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