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retina..triple vision in my left eye and double vision in both eyes

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I apparently have a normal retina and cornea but have triple vision in my left eye and double vision in both eyes. Two ophthmalogists cannot arrive at a diagnosis. Help. Sarah
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 5 years ago.

Dr. James :

Hello.

Customer:

Hello

Customer:

do you have any insight and information?

Customer:

Great. I need help.

Dr. James :

When you cover one eye, do you still see double?

Customer:

I see triple out of the left eye, if the right eye is covered. With both eyes open i see a very blurry double.

Dr. James :

When you cover the left eye, what do you see?

Customer:

It is fairly clear.

Dr. James :

What testing have you had done?

Customer:

Retina examined by retina specialist and cornea by cornea specialist. both are ophthamologists.

Dr. James :

And they have no explanation?

Customer:

No. They are puzzled, as am I! I have thought about a neurological exam?

Dr. James :

Have you had cataract surgery in that left eye?

Customer:

I have had cataracts removed from both eyes but neither recently.

Dr. James :

Hmm... certainly is a puzzle.

Customer:

That is why I am looking to you for help!

Dr. James :

Double vision coming from one eye is usually caused by either a glasses problem or cornea problem.

Dr. James :

It is very unlikely to related to any neurologic problem.

Dr. James :

In these situations, I would recheck if glasses would help.

Dr. James :

Also, may order a test called corneal topography which checks for the regularity of the corneal surface.

Dr. James :

Your corneal specialist may have already one this.

Customer:

I already have glasses and have tried a prism in left eyeglass. and my cornea was examined today and no irregularities were reported.

Dr. James :

The problem is usually limited to the eye itself and usually nothing neurologic. So that should reassure you somewhat.

Dr. James :

The other possibility could be dry eyes.

Dr. James :

In which case, you may consider artificial tears to see if the vision clears up.

Customer:

Frankly, I am worried as well as to whether it might have any cause arising from ahlzheimers. Keep my eyes wet at least four times a day.

Dr. James :

Unlikely from Alzheimers

Customer:

I have not been diagnosed with alzheimers.

Dr. James :

Do you have a followup appointment with one of your ophthalmologist?

Customer:

No, as I am considering trying a clinic or some my full-scaled and comprehensive examinations. I am desperate.

Dr. James :

That may be a good idea to get a 3rd opinion.

Customer:

Thanks

Dr. James :

You're welcome.

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