Double vision, or diplopia, is when a single object appears to be in two different ways when looking at it.Double vision is typically a transient problem. However, it can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious, underlying medical issue. Hence, it is important that any changes in your eyesight be tested right away.

Diplopia can be categorized as monocular (affecting only one eye) or binocular (affecting both eyes). Monocular diplopia is experienced when only one eye is opened, it might resemble a shadow. Diplopia in one eye only is more frequent and typically not as bad. Binocular diplopia is experienced when both eyes are open and disappears upon the closure of one eye. In binocular diplopia, double vision may appear either horizontally (from side to side) or vertically (from top to bottom) (side to side).

Diplopia can impair one’s sense of depth, making it more challenging to walk or drive. It can also cause additional symptoms, such as headache, nausea, dizziness, pain and blurred vision.

Diplopia can occur at any age, however, frequently affects those above 60 years of age. 90% of double vision is transient and may not indicate anything sinister. However, at times diplopia can indicated a serious underlying medical issue such as nerve palsy, stroke or a brain tumor. Hence, it is imperative that it be investigated and evaluated by a doctor.

At The Eye Center- Dr. Mahnaz Naveed Shah & Associates our team of eight ophthalmology subspecialists/ eye specialists, eye surgeons who are considered amongst the very best eye specialists in Karachi and in Pakistan, have the diagnostic and treatment capabilities to treat from the simplest to the most complex patients. We work hard to provide our patients with the best possible medical and surgical eye care, in a state of the art purpose built eye care facility. We offer the entire array of medical, laser and surgical treatments to help provide patients the best possible care in the most efficient, safe and ethical manner.

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