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Diplopia & Double Vision
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Diplopia, or double vision, can result if our eyes do not both aim in the same place either at a distance or up close. The double images may be totally separate or overlap to some degree. Double vision can develop over time or appear suddenly.

Children and Double Vision

A child may experience double vision, but may not be aware that this is not normal. Generally, children think that everyone sees the world as they do. Many parents have discovered that their child was seeing double and the child did not tell anyone because they thought it was normal.

It is quite common for children who are struggling with reading and other close work, especially in school, to experience seeing double after a relatively short amount of reading. These children will often avoid reading, or say that they don't like to read. In such cases, the children are usually experiencing difficulties with eye coordination and eyestrain at close distances.

Causes of Double Vision

There are many causes of diplopia, ranging from serious medical conditions to very treatable visual difficulties. A COVD doctor is qualified to determine the cause as well as make any necessary referrals.

Treatment of Double Vision

In almost all cases, seeing double should not be ignored. Do not wait for this visual problem to go away. If anyone you know sees double, contact a COVD doctor, who will determine the problem and develop a treatment regimen. Double vision that occurs suddenly needs to be evaluated immediately. Do not ignore this symptom.

Locate a Doctor in your area who is experienced and knowledgeable in diagnosing and treating double vision.

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