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Have you had this type of double vision before?
When you covered or closed one eye, did the double vision go away?
Not like this before.
Was the double vision side by side, or up and down?
side by side
It scared me because it was like everything 20 feet and beyond
So reading was OK?
It seemed to be OK, but it did sometimes feel like the words were going down a little bit at times
but wasnt too bad
It was right when I woke up in the morning so I thought I was just tired. But I felt very tired and it didn't get better until this afternoon sometime
Side by side double vision in the distance and minimally at near can be seen in a condition called divergence insufficiency.
is this serious. Could I be having a stroke or anything like that? My hands have been swollen lately
Divergence insufficiency is usually not severe. Other more serious conditions can be similar to divergence insufficiency. An exam by your doctor would be able to screen for that.
A regular or eye doctor? Are you a real doctor? What is divergence insufficiency? What other serious conditions could it be?
Yes, I am a real doctor, though this website is for information only and does not constitute medical advice.
Yes, I understand. So do you think waiting a day to see a dr is OK, and would I see a primary or eye doctor
Since your symptoms have resolved, waiting until tomorrow should be OK.
An eye doctor would be best to sort out why you have double vision and screen for neurologic causes.
It is unlikely a stroke. But signs of a stroke would be numbness/weakness in your extremity, loss of balance, slurred speech.
If that is the case, then you should be seen in the ER.
I did not have any of those symptoms, I just felt very tired and out of it and of course the double vision which I have never had before.
An ophthalmologist would be a good first step.
Do you have any other questions for me?
Just one more. What could happen it if was determined to be neurological? Could this be serious?
If it is neurologic, then an MRI may be ordered or referral to your PCP/neurologist. For most cases of divergence insufficience, further test are not usually needed.
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