What are some treatments for double vision

Diplopia - double vision as a symptom of the disease

Corneal irregularities

Corneal diseases such as keratoconus and corneal dystrophies can cause the diplopia. In these cases the Treatment with special contact lenses or eye drops. In some cases, surgical procedures such as a corneal transplant or Intacs implants are required. Your ophthalmologist can recommend the best treatment for your individual clinical picture.

Dry eyes

Severe cases of dry eyes, such as Sjogren's syndrome, can be due to a insufficient or not optimally composed tear film lead to double vision. Many people who suffer from dry eyes can use eye drops, puncture plugs, eye vitamins, lid hygiene techniques, or a combination of all of these treatments to counteract dry eyes and prevent double vision.

Refractive surgery

If you've had LASIK, PRK, or other refractive surgery to see better without glasses or contact lenses, you can due to changes in the cornea temporary double vision occurs.

An irregular corneal surface, caused by the surgery itself or dry eyes after the procedure, causes the rays of light entering the eye to scatter instead of being properly focused on the retina.

The symptom usually goes away within a few days or weeks after surgery. However, you may need to use eye drops for a period of time. In some cases, a second laser vision correction procedure is required to completely eliminate the diplopia.


Cataracts (cataracts) can also lead to double vision. This is because light rays are scattered in different directions by the clouding of the natural lens of the eye, creating multiple images, especially when you are looking into light sources. Cataract surgery can significantly improve vision here.

Double vision and squint

The fact that we normally do not see double images is due to the fact that a complex interplay of muscles, nerves and brain coordination combines the sensory impressions of both eyes and "plays out" a clear picture.

This coordination is not always given in people who have a strong cross-eye. The brain normally adapts to these conditions by suppressing the images of the weaker eye. If the brain can no longer control this (e.g. when very tired or unable to concentrate), those affected see double vision.

If the phenomenon is so pronounced that the double vision occurs permanently or frequently, surgery or manual vision therapy can help.