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Episodes of double vision growing more frequent

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 12, 2008
  • 03:27 AM

I came across this forum while trying to so a little research about a problem I'm having. I figured it couldn't hurt to post a question and see if anyone might have an idea as to what is going on while I decide if I should go to my doctor with this.

For the past year or so, I have experienced very infrequent ( once every month or two) episodes of double vision. The past two months they have been coming slightly more frequently, maybe once a week... but then three times this week alone, once yesterday and twice today.

What happens is suddenly, without warning, I have double vision. Not blurry at all, crystal clear.. I just see two of everything. Closing one eye, I can see fine, but with both eyes open, my vision is doubled. It lasts typically 5- 10 minutes, and is accompanied by mild headache.

Today I took some time to investigate a little while it was happening. Looking in the mirror, my eyes didnt appear to be crossed or misaligned (although I guess I wasnt exactly seeing very clearly). Also, when I looked with both eyes as far right as I could, things were a bit more normal. As I looked with both eyes back to center then towards the left, the double vision returned. Also, in the full right position seeing pretty normally, closing each eye and comparing what I saw with each eye, everything was in the same spot. To the left, there was a very noticeable difference as to where an object appeared in my field of vision between each eye. (hope i didnt confuse you!)

So, if you are still with me, thats what has been happening?

any thoughts?

Oh.. a little background:


I'm 37 year old male with uncontrolled high blood pressure. I take lots of meds, but seldom are my readings below high or severe. My doctor has been working for years to try to get it under control. I have had 3 procedures for a blocked femoral artery (femoral bypass, angioplasty, then ilio-femoral bypass), but the rest of my arteries all appear to be in good shape, although my blood seems to be a little sticky with all this blocked artery nonsense at my age (the problem was at the same spot each time).

Thats it

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