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Double Vision

When your eyes begin to see double, the experience can be unnerving. Yet double vision, whether it occurs over time or happens quickly, is often quite treatable. Issues with double vision often are related to conditions that affect specific nerves, the eye muscles, or the parts of your brain that control vision.

Inflammation, compression, blood flow problems or other conditions may all damage the nerves, eye muscles or parts of the brain that are important for maintaining good alignment of the eyes and single vision.

Nerves that come directly from the brain and brainstem (instead of from the spine) are called cranial nerves. They transmit information between the brain and parts of the head and neck. Four of these nerves control vision and eye movements. One of these nerves is the optic nerve, which carries signals about vision from your eyes to your brain. Other cranial nerves control eye movements by sending signals from your brain to the muscles that control your eyes.

Double vision occurs when your eyes do not line up properly. This causes you to see two images when you are viewing a single object. When your eyes do not look at the same object at the same time, the condition is called strabismus. The eyes may be crossed, turn out or be separated up and down from each other. There are also eye problems that can cause double vision from just one eye, called monocular diplopia.

Certain specific ailments or diseases may result in double vision. They are:

Double vision can also be caused by a variety of other conditions, including:

  • Infections
  • Hereditary conditions
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Problems with optic nerve or cranial nerves
  • Trouble with brain pathways that control eye movements
  • Problems with eye muscles
  • Trauma
  • Tumor in the eye socket
  • Eye surgery

To evaluate your double vision, we access the expertise of a specialist, such as a neuro-ophthalmologist, ophthalmologist, neurologist or optometrist. These experts can help determine the cause of double vision, and ensure appropriate testing, care, and referral, if necessary. 

Our team is comprised of specialists, including neurologists, ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-radiologists and neuro-ophthalmologists. Our affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Indiana University School of Optometry provides patient access to vision specialists and vision rehabilitation services that help maximize your vision.


We also offer specialty care for treatment of double vision through our affiliation with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, such as the pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus clinic.

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