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  • Posted By: crysgregory
  • August 31, 2009
  • 08:12 PM

I have episodes of double/blurred vision in only my right eye. The episodes are getting worse to the point I can not tell which one is the actual object i see and which is the doubled. This has been happening periodically for about a year. The episodes last anywhere from 1 day to over a week.

I had a head injury over 2 years ago. During that time, I had 3 ct scans within one week of the injury which all turned out normal. Recently with my problematic vision for the past year, one doctor felt that could be a result of my head injury even though it was over 2 yrs ago and the blurred vision just started 1 yr ago. But another dr said that was not the cause. I was tested for epilepsy and multiple sclerosis about 2 1/2 years ago for dizziness and lightheaded. Both test came back normal.

medical history: 28 yoa female, gallbladder removed, endometreosis, IBS, acid reflux, intercystial cystitis, curvical dysplaysia, hypoglacemia, I wear contacts/glasses and have astigmatism

I have hypoglacemia but the episodes are not in times of my sugar being low.

Please advise me in anyway....
Thanks!

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  • Okay, diplopia would not be occurring so long after the head injury and would be considered non-contributory to your present condition. If you are only experiencing the difficulty in one eye and if it tends to grow worse as the day progresses, I would ask whether your occupation entails a great deal of work on the computer. If so, then realize that computer imagery from the screen is actually composed of multiple pixels and users tend to focus or strain more when critically examining the screen field. Over time, this can produce computer vision syndrome. The syndrome tends to wax and wane, sometimes producing great difficulty in accommodation, which can also become polar between the left and right eye, one demonstrating presbyopia and the other myopic features. Covering one eye can usually provide a relative degree of accommodation difficulty. With rest or distance from stressful conditions, the difficulty can diminish to the extent it is barely noticable, if at all. While eye strain is extremely common otherwise, CVS has become more prominent due to highly increased exposure to computers in the workplace and at home. The other condition which tends to affect both eyes, but can be unilateral, is dry eyes. The eye must be well-lubricated for the lens to function properly. Your doctor can perform tests to determine whether this is the case. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • August 31, 2009
    • 09:40 PM
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  • I have episodes of double/blurred vision in only my right eye. The episodes are getting worse to the point I can not tell which one is the actual object i see and which is the doubled. This has been happening periodically for about a year. The episodes last anywhere from 1 day to over a week.I had a head injury over 2 years ago. During that time, I had 3 ct scans within one week of the injury which all turned out normal. Recently with my problematic vision for the past year, one doctor felt that could be a result of my head injury even though it was over 2 yrs ago and the blurred vision just started 1 yr ago. But another dr said that was not the cause. I was tested for epilepsy and multiple sclerosis about 2 1/2 years ago for dizziness and lightheaded. Both test came back normal. medical history: 28 yoa female, gallbladder removed, endometreosis, IBS, acid reflux, intercystial cystitis, curvical dysplaysia, hypoglacemia, I wear contacts/glasses and have astigmatismI have hypoglacemia but the episodes are not in times of my sugar being low. Please advise me in anyway....Thanks!Have you tried seeing an endocrinologist for your vision problems. Sometimes hormonal problems cause vision problems like this that aren't readily explained and may be just a symptom of something else that is going on. I know it sounds weird but I would try it. Do you have any other symptoms with your blurred vision? maybe looking up problems with the pituitary gland? just a thought
    BeachBum5 3 Replies
    • September 1, 2009
    • 10:16 AM
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  • If your double vision persists when covering one eye, chances are that your astigmatism correction needs to be adjusted, in that eye. You may also have a monocular cataract. If this is occurring when wearing specs, and while covering the other eye you can blink away the double vision, then it is probably dry eye and lubricating artificial tears would be helpful. Some other less common causes would be a vitreal opacity, a small hole in the iris, or a macular anomoly, all of which would be detected by your optometrist or ophthalmologist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 1, 2009
    • 02:14 PM
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  • Okay, diplopia would not be occurring so long after the head injury and would be considered non-contributory to your present condition. If you are only experiencing the difficulty in one eye and if it tends to grow worse as the day progresses, I would ask whether your occupation entails a great deal of work on the computer. If so, then realize that computer imagery from the screen is actually composed of multiple pixels and users tend to focus or strain more when critically examining the screen field. Over time, this can produce computer vision syndrome. The syndrome tends to wax and wane, sometimes producing great difficulty in accommodation, which can also become polar between the left and right eye, one demonstrating presbyopia and the other myopic features. Covering one eye can usually provide a relative degree of accommodation difficulty. With rest or distance from stressful conditions, the difficulty can diminish to the extent it is barely noticable, if at all. While eye strain is extremely common otherwise, CVS has become more prominent due to highly increased exposure to computers in the workplace and at home. The other condition which tends to affect both eyes, but can be unilateral, is dry eyes. The eye must be well-lubricated for the lens to function properly. Your doctor can perform tests to determine whether this is the case. Best regards, J Cottle, MD Thanks for your information!
    crysgregory 3 Replies
    • September 4, 2009
    • 03:34 PM
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  • Have you tried seeing an endocrinologist for your vision problems. Sometimes hormonal problems cause vision problems like this that aren't readily explained and may be just a symptom of something else that is going on. I know it sounds weird but I would try it. Do you have any other symptoms with your blurred vision? maybe looking up problems with the pituitary gland? just a thought I have been to 3 eye drs and two general drs. Thanks for the info.
    crysgregory 3 Replies
    • September 4, 2009
    • 03:35 PM
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  • If your double vision persists when covering one eye, chances are that your astigmatism correction needs to be adjusted, in that eye. You may also have a monocular cataract. If this is occurring when wearing specs, and while covering the other eye you can blink away the double vision, then it is probably dry eye and lubricating artificial tears would be helpful. Some other less common causes would be a vitreal opacity, a small hole in the iris, or a macular anomoly, all of which would be detected by your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Thank you! I was back at the eye dr yesterday. He said that I do not have dry eye. he thinks maybe a translusent cataract but not sure. And wants to see me again in a month.
    crysgregory 3 Replies
    • September 4, 2009
    • 03:37 PM
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  • I had it one time only from rubbing kava kava behind my ears. It had a numbing sensation and went into my visual nerves. So determine if you are contributing to it with any lotions or heavy hair care products. Makes it hard to drive a car...I would stick with an opthalmalogist and neurologist.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • September 4, 2009
    • 08:45 PM
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