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sixth nerve palsy without a cause

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  • Posted By: enkeedu
  • October 24, 2009
  • 01:34 AM


I am a 32 years old American of Chinese descent with no allergies, previous medical history.

I was diagnosed with sixth nerve palsy by a neuro-ophthalmologist, after experiencing lateral double vision when looking at far (more than 3 feet) objects that started and worsen over the past few weeks. There was no clear cause as far as I could remember, no trauma / infection / etc.

I had MRI / various blood tests / nerve tests (no lumbar puncture) and all the tests came back unremarkable.

And today I opted in for a prism for my left eye to help reduce double vision, but it caused my vision to be blurry and I removed them. Upon removal, I noticed that my double vision has gotten worse. I was able to see normally within 3 feet and was able to read the monitor from the sceen perfectly, and now I couldn't do so without closing one eye.

I am pretty much at a lost right now as for what to do next to help diagnose the underlying cause / improve my vision back to before prism so I can get back to work at a job that I just accepted a few days ago.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions to help further diagnose the issue and help improve my vision or point me to the right direction to find out more about my condition.

My left eye was always a little turned in from time to time, but I never had double vision till recently.


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