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Son had double vision when he woke up, scared me! My 7 year

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Son had double vision when he woke up, scared me! My 7 year old son told me this morning that he couldnt get ready for school yet because his eyes were "duplicating". It scared me,of course,so I sat with him and got him a wash cloth,and he said the lights were too bright so I turned them off. He was squinty eyed and rubbing his eyes and then in a few minutes after he woke up,was fine. I had him look at all kinds of things to check and he said it was all normal. Then he said "it happens every time i wake up then i rub my eyes and it goes away". I asked him if it happens when he wakes up himself without me waking him early for school and he said sometimes but only for a few seconds. I did all kinds of balance tests, etc on him this morning after it went away and he seems fine. I called his ophthalmologist and am waiting for a call back. Can this be normal for him??
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.
Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

As a father of five children myself I fully understand your concern and, no, I would not just pass this off as "normal for him"

From what you have posted it may be that he is suffering from an anterior segment/tear film issue. If this is the case, then simple lid hygiene and artificial tears may take care of the problem.

That being said, you son should be examined by a pediatric ophthalmologist to make sure nothing else is going on. Could this be from his small cataract? Yes, that may be what is going on but, as a father, I would feel better if he was seen by his ophthalmologist.

I do not believe this is an emergency; an appointment in the next week or two should be just fine -- although if he could be seen sooner I'm sure it would be better for you since, if I was in your shoes, I'd not be able to relax until I knew what was going on. :)

Does this answer your question to your satisfaction?

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Thanks in advance,

Dr. Rick
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

i hate to say this,but what I am afraid of is a brain tumor or something like that. What are the chances of that with double vision that doesnt last very long?

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.
Everyone thinks of brain tumor :)

And the good news? Brain tumors are very, very rare and they do not present with double vision that goes away, especially when there is no other symptoms.

I would put the chances of your son having a brain tumor somewhere between zero and negative one.....no worries there.

I hope this helps you to feel a bit better :-)

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

thanks! i chose excellent service,but I have 1 more question. He has his yearly exam appt in Dec. Should I try to move it up?

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.
From what you have posted I think that will be fine. What I believe would be helpful is if you can keep notes on how often he reports this problem -- without pestering him all the time about it, Mom :). He is after all a Big-Boy now.... (my oldest daughter is due in December and we can't wait to spoil another child.)

Also, when he is having these symptoms look closely and see if you notice his eyes not pointing in the same direction or moving together. I don't think this is what is going on but if you can notice it the doctor would find that data helpful.

Let me know if you have any other questions, I am happy to do anything I can to help. Have a good weekend.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thankyou so much!

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.
My pleasure. Give your son a hug from me :)

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