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I had a sensation of double vision yesterday that lasted

about 5 minutes. No dizziness...
I had a sensation of double vision yesterday that lasted about 5 minutes. No dizziness, no pain but it was shocking all the same. I blocked one eye at a time and I could see well, but not when I looked forward with both eyes. Ignore it or talk to my doctor? Live in a small town in Sweden
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There are a number of conditions that can cause a brief episode of double vision (diplopia). It could be anything from dry eyes and blepharitis causing problems with your tear film to vascular problems causing nerve problems to the muscles that move your eye.

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I do not think this is an emergency but I suggest that you have a complete examination by an ophthalmologist to better understand what caused this brief episode of double vision. If there are no ophthalmologists nearby starting with a visit to your internal medicine physician would be OK.

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
Have also had eye migrain sensations yesterday and today. Can this have any connection to the double vision?
Migraines can cause transient diplopia in some cases, although in a patient your age I would put this farther down on the list. I would be more comfortable ruling out other, more complex etiologies for your diplopia, before laying the blame on ocular migraines.

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