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What causes double vision when watching a performer on a

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What causes double vision when watching a performer on a stage in an auditorium. The spotlight is on the performer and the background is dark. This occurs with contacts on and with glasses on.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today. Our chat system seems to be down today but we can use this system to work on your question.
It is possible that you have an phoria that under these specific light conditions "breaks down" into an tropia. What does that all mean? It means that you have the tendency to have double vision but almost all the time your brain is able to overcome this tendency and give you singe vision. However, when you are in the "eye stressful" situation of watching a live play your brain is unable to keep the images from your two eyes fused and, waala, double vision.
This normally isn't anything to be worried about. However, since my only diagnostic "tool" right now is my computer I think that it wouldn't hurt for you to have a complete eye examination by an ophthalmologist in the near future.
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