Double Vision Causes and Natural Treatments

Of all the sudden changes that we can experience to our sense of sight, double vision is probably among the most alarming. Also called diplopia, double vision has a number of causes, but all result in roughly the same problem – seeing one too many of each object you look at.

Most of us have experienced double vision at some point. In most cases, this is intentional – if you haven’t done it before, hold a finger out in front of your nose, then slowly draw it in closer while keeping your eyes focused on it. Your eyes will cross, you’ll suddenly see two fingers instead of one and anyone watching you will probably laugh.

But in some cases, diplopia is more cause for concern. A number of more serious illnesses and injuries can all cause it. There are a few ways to be prepared for double vision so you can fix it naturally and safely.

Passing Problems

Let’s start with the stereotypical one. As seen in numerous cartoons, a sharp blow to the head can have you seeing double in a hurry. While this is generally passed off as comical, the reality is anything but. Diplopia that follows head trauma and lasts for more than a few seconds generally indicates some more serious injury and is a component of what physicians call post trauma vision syndrome, a collection of symptoms that also includes blurring and perceiving motion where there is none.

Having a slightly-too-wild Saturday night is another way to put yourself on the path to double vision. Alcohol can have a number of neurological affects and one of the functions it seems to affect is the brain’s ability to coordinate eye movements. Have a few too many and you’ll slow down the rate at which your visual system synchronizes information from your two eyes, giving you a couple of overlapping channels and, as expected, some double vision.

Double vision is also a hallmark symptom of migraine headaches. Those unlucky enough to have these awful episodes may have “aura” phases that precede actual headaches. Visual effects are the most common during auras, though sensory changes and other symptoms can also appear. For some migraine sufferers, diplopia is consequently an early warning sign of an oncoming attack.

Serious Causes of Double Vision

A number of more serious chronic diseases and conditions can also cause diplopia. We’ll kick this section off by noting that unexpected double vision is nearly always a good reason to start looking around for a doctor.

Strokes, aneurysms, and tumors are all capable of dealing serious damage to the brain. If one of these issues affects the parts of your brain responsible for processing visual information, you could well wind up with double vision, as well as other visual phenomena.

Progressive diseases that affect the nerves can slowly sap the body’s ability to properly use the extraocular muscles responsible for eye movements, reducing the coordination between eyes and eventually causing double vision. Multiple sclerosis is the best-known disease in this category. More commonly, diabetes can also result in severe nerve damage, giving rise to symptoms similar to those seen in MS, including diplopia.

Even simpler, mechanical problems in the eyes can cause double vision. Cataracts occur when proteins in the eye turn opaque, blocking and diverting light entering the eye. They’re enormously common among older individuals and can easily cause double vision if deposits scatter light and lead the eye to perceive multiples of an object. Infections and injuries to the cornea can also cause double vision, again by changing the way that light enters the eye. Extreme dry eye, a problem occasionally encountered by office workers who spend too much time on digital devices, can also result in passing double vision.

Dealing with Double Vision

Double Vision Causes and Natural TreatmentsIn some cases – particularly those involving beer – the best cure for diplopia is to simply wait it out. The effects of alcohol will generally fade overnight and even if you’ve gone to bed with double vision, you’ll likely wake up without it. Though we can’t speak to the likelihood of a hangover.

However, in many others, waiting isn’t a good idea at all. In fact, if you notice the sudden onset of double vision, it’s generally a sign that you need to speak up, and potentially seek emergency attention. While double vision on its own is generally more annoying than actively dangerous, it can be an indication of serious damage to the brain. Strokes, for example, can cause diplopia. If caught early, these and other major incidents can be handled before they cause too much trouble. If left to wait, many have the potential to be fatal.

For other, consistent cases, physicians turn to a range of basic therapies. While the practice isn’t as prevalent as before, “pirate patching” or simply covering one eye is a quick and easy fix for binocular double vision – though it won’t treat any underlying causes and should only be done in concert with more proactive therapy. Prism correction can also be helpful and works by reworking the path that light takes when entering the eye.

Eye vitamins also have their places in treating diplopia. Since it’s very common for the problem to originate with weak or poorly controlled extraocular muscles, incorporating the right nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and herbs into your diet can help restore those muscles to healthy levels of activity, eliminating some of the primary causes of double vision.

About the Author

Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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34 responses to “Double Vision Causes and Natural Treatments”

  1. bob walters says:

    i sent an email a long time ago asking about problems after catarac surgery. i believe that after the sugury i never got any better.! the dr just checks my vision like an optometrist to see if i can read the chart lines or read a card. and he gives me like artifical tears…they do help. any advice??

  2. Charles Y says:

    I have double vision due to something not noted in your article. I have, according to a retina surgeon, scar tissue behind the retina, and the deformed shape of the retina in the affected eye has caused objects seen by it to become magnified and shifted to the right and downward. I was fitted with prisms, and the displacement of the second image was corrected approximately 80%, but the prism glasses gave me another problem. The location of the object was moved downward compared to its location as seen without glasses. It caused a problem hitting a tennis ball. I was swinging at the location that the ball looked to be, but the ball was actually in a different place in space I gave up the prism glasses and went back to my regular glasses and decided to put up with the double vision.

  3. Ali yusuf says:

    I stop drinking beer. Having one tablet of neuropion ( vitamin b ) daily for six months. No more double vision. Thanks

  4. April jane says:

    I have double vision after brain surgery due to atroke. Its been more than six months :”(

  5. Jehad Bakeer says:

    With severe vomitting and diahria I had double vision in two similar incidents over the las year. 1st incident ( 9 months ago) I restored my normal vision in a month time. The 2nd incident (6 months ago) till to date I am having double vision and doctors are still experimenting causes, treatments by several vitamins…….with out noticeable improvement

  6. SANDRA MCCOLLUM says:

    My mother experienced double vision as the result of a small stroke after TAVR procedure, which is aorta heart valve replacement (inserted through the groin vein). She woke up with double vision and it has now been two weeks. The rehab facility is CLUELESS! I want to take my mom to an eye doctor but need a referral so it’s covered by insurance. NOT happening! Resident doc refers me to her GP…GP says resident doc has to make referral. The “chain of command” is causing my mother to fall through the cracks and I am pissed! 18 damn years my mother was a patient of Dr Caroll of Santa Rosa Ca. and never once has he called to say…Hi Gloria, heard you had a stroke..how are you feeling! All about the money…could care less about her. My guess is the fresnal prism may help. I doubt it will ever go away but there is always hope. I have NO faith in some doctors any longer. As a matter of fact…I would love to debate their stupidity in never proscribing natural remedies instead of pushing pharmacuticals down our throats….kick backs and free trips to Hawaii, I guess take priority over their oaths to humanity….AS A NATION…WE HAVE EDUCATED OURSELVES TO THE POINT OF IMBICILITY!

  7. Albert Cumberworth says:

    I was given a flue shot and a pneumonia shot at the same time and have been seeing double for almost two weeks-how do i fix it?

  8. Albert Cumberworth says:

    i have no idea why

  9. Jack H says:

    Hi, my names jack i have some sort of double vision but im not sure what it is so let me try to describe it to you basically the word jack is there but it blurs out in all different directions and is in all different colours all most like a ghost image but everywhere i’ve been seeing optometrists & ophthalmologists and they dont know what it is they sent me to a specialist today and he said it has something to do with me smoking pot and i have to stop smoking pot for 4 months and return to him and if i smoke pot in those 4 months theres no point seeing him. this has gotten to the point where it is so hard to live my life because no one sees what i see and its getting worse and worse its been happening for over a year the doctor said its got to do with the brain but he didn’t refer me to a neurologist, im just really worried that its permanent because its seriously really bad. does anyone know what i should do and is there anyway to help this before i neck?

  10. Michael Goy says:

    Double vision on and off when looking to the right with both eyes, it goes away if one eye closed , mystery had migraine one month before first time in life please anyone experience that?

  11. Banke says:

    When i awake it causes a double vision but when i see from one eye it is normal but when i see from both eye it sees me double.
    Help me with some tips what to do

  12. Erdal Mousa says:

    I have just finished 37 sessions of radiotherapy, I now have double vision, could this be caused by the radiotherapy

  13. Antara says:

    I am suffering from double vision and using my regular specks. I have not found out any other symptoms relating to a serious disease.Can double vision occur as a result of gaming too much or watching TV for too long?

  14. Chris says:

    Its kind of hard to explain, but I see an image (even when I only have one eye open) overlapping itself, but a little bit above what is actually there
    Sort of like how you may have a double exposure on photoshop
    Squinting helps a little bit

  15. m. Carrell says:

    Don’t know how old these posts are but I have Macula degeneration and I keep finding natural remedies that claim to reverse eye vision problems and some are simply eating specific organic fresh foods. I recently had blurred double vision right after a serious stressful family incident that broke my heart and I found myself having to try to get my life back on track and was also using a bit of alcohol to calm me down and feel relaxed. I started working again after retiring early and thats when it started to appear. I looked up natural cures or remedies for double vision and blurriness and found products that were for that. I bought some products at the health store and used them and it took a few days for it to subside. It has cleared up but I notice it sort of comes back a bit if I feel stress. Alcohol probably added to the problem and it caused me to have dry mouth and night thirst so I stopped drinking that and bought teas for relaxing and sleep.Another thing that came up for blurred vision was ear issues and imbalance related to blurred vision so there are products for that also. Holistic healing and fresh organic foods are best for everything…Back to nature and the goo old days of healthy non-toxic food, water and clean soil as much as possible. I haven’t been to a doctor in 5 years and I am close to 70 and very youthful. I always search for natural cures and remedies online for everything and also have books on natural healing with nature and its foods, plants, herbs and spices. They definately work!!

  16. Mariam villafania says:

    My husband suffered in double vision. But his xray ang MRI at both normal.. opthalmologist and neurologist bothdidnt kniw wat to do.omg

  17. Monica Wilson says:

    I am also having double vision. After being put on levofloxin. I lost use of my legs and left hand.Now my eyes. Please don’t use any levoquin or generic form.

  18. naledi says:

    I have also double vision after migraine headaches

  19. Anonymous says:

    My double vision has been diagnosed because of Mysenthia Gravis which I have been told there is not a cure for. So far this disease has only affected my eyes. I would like to see comments from anyone who may be dealing with this.

  20. Yunami says:

    I’m suffering form diplopia too. It’s now 7-8 moths since it became serious. it’s a worst experience I ever come across with. My opthalmologist referred me to neurologist & I’ve done all sorts of tests i.e.MRI,EEG etc but they are both normal… I’m only prescribed with hell of medicines but I can’t see any relief to my problem. I wish to get rid of this problem because it interferes my daily activities!

  21. Lou says:

    I had a local anaesthetic and not long after I developed ‘ghosting’ in one eye. Doctor was clueless and I realised it was the anaesthetic because when I was a child it happened at the dentist after being given a numbing needle. I went to the eye specialist and he couldn’t find anything wrong saying I had amazing long distance vision (which I knew). I had started on some homeopathic drops but no improvement as yet. It appears from reading all of the above testimonies that most eye (and nerves in and around the eye) are damaged due to some type of drug being administered.

  22. Michelle says:

    I have double vision after 50,000 in tests the only thing came back positive was Lyme disease. But half the doctors don’t believe in Lyme disease. The treatment for Lyme disease has not cured the double vision. Two years no
    cure. Only one time I got on IV antibiotics then it was cured. After they stopped IV it came back. My life is hell. It’s too bad for prism glasses and I hate wearing an eyepatch. I try every homeopathic cure known to mankind. Still has not helped. 🙁

  23. Terri says:

    Interesting. I have had double vision for almost 30 years now, as a result of sinus surgery in my mid 30’s. They said it would resolve, but instead it got worse before it stabilized. So I have had prisms in my glasses since then. I’ve worn glasses since age 9 anyway, due to astigmatism and extreme near-sightedness (what used to be called 20/200), and for over 20 years I have needed bifocals/progressives due to my near-vision deteriorating. The double vision is quite extreme – the left is lower and to the extreme left, the right is higher and to the extreme right, with no overlap at all. No doctor has ever prescribed any type of medication, just $500 lenses that at best, only somewhat improve the double vision. Any thoughts on this? I’m 63.

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