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Most Common Causes of Double Vision

Double vision, also medically known as diplopia, is when one sees a double image of something when there should only be one.  Sometimes these images can be on top of one another or side-by-side, or even a combination of both.  Double vision can affect one eye (monocular double vision) or both eyes (binocular double vision).  As one could imagine, viewing the world with double images can make managing everyday tasks very difficult.  Anything from reading, driving, to even walking or maintaining your balance.Double vision, also medically known as diplopia, is when one sees a double image of something when there should only be one.  Sometimes these images can be on top of one another or side-by-side, or even a combination of both.  Double vision can affect one eye (monocular double vision) or both eyes (binocular double vision).  As one could imagine, viewing the world with double images can make managing everyday tasks very difficult.  Anything from reading, driving, to even walking or maintaining your balance.

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Double vision is caused by a number of things, some which are treatable and not too concerning, while others may be more serious.  Below are the most common causes of double vision.

Squinting.  A condition known as squinting is when the eyes are not properly aligned.  It is a condition more common during childhood and causes the eyes to look in different directions.  The eye muscles can become paralyzed, weak or have restricted movement.  In some cases, patients have experienced double vision following treatment for squinting.  This is typically the result of the brain having to work so hard to send signals to maintain “normal vision” for so long that it takes some time to adjust.

Stroke. When a patient experiences a stroke, it is not uncommon for them to also experience double vision.  The blood vessels that supply the nerves that control the eye muscles can be impacted during the stroke and patients can have difficulty seeing clearly.

Thyroid. The thyroid has been known to affect the muscles that control the eye.  For those that suffer from Grave’s disease (also known as hyperthyroidism), patients can experience double vision as a symptom.

Diabetes.  Patients with diabetes also experience a change in their vision.  The blood vessels that supply blood to the retina can be affected.  This can damage the muscle, which can cause double vision.• Diabetes.  Patients with diabetes also experience a change in their vision.  The blood vessels that supply blood to the retina can be affected.  This can damage the muscle, which can cause double vision.

Cataracts. Cataracts affect over 50% of those over the age of 80 in the United States.  Those that have cataracts have reported double vision.  Cataract surgery can help to remove the cause of the double vision. For cataracts surgery in Orange County, contact Advanced Eye Medical.

Keratoconus.  Keratoconus is a degenerative eye condition that causes the cornea to thin and begin to form the shape of a cone.  This causes the clear tissue in the front of the eye to bulge outward.  This condition can impair the vision.

Multiple Sclerosis.  Multiple sclerosis (or “MS”) can affect the nerves in the spinal cord or the brain, which may also include the nerves that control the eyes.  If this happens, one can sometimes experience double vision.

Brain Tumor or Cancer.  A tumor or growth behind the eye can damage the nerves around the eye and even prohibit movement of the eye.  This can cause double vision while the eye is unable to freely move and function properly.

Migraine Headaches.  For those that suffer from migraine headaches, a severe and often chronic form of headache that begins to take on other physical ailments, it is not uncommon to experience double vision.

Dry Eyes. When the eyes do not produce enough tears, they begin to dry out.  If they become too dry, they can become inflamed and sore.  This irritation from dry eye syndrome can result in double vision.  For those that experience chronic dry eyes, a prescription for lubricating and hydrating the eyes may help provide the eyes relief.

Temporary Double Vision

There are times when double vision is temporary. This can be anything from alcohol intoxication, seizure or epilepsy medication, or even head injuries. Head injuries are a common cause of temporary double vision. Even though the double vision may be temporary, it can still be a symptom or sign of a much more serious condition. Additionally, if you experience double vision following a head injury, it is important to seek medical treatment. Concussions can seem minor at first, but can become very serious very quickly and should not be taken lightly.

Treatment

As one can see from the variety of potential causes of double vision, some may be minor or temporary and not require much care. However, others may be symptoms of much more serious conditions or health condition that may require additional medical attention. In fact, for some patients that experience double vision, it can often be the reason more serious conditions are diagnosed in the first place. This is why it is advisable to see a doctor whenever you experience double vision. He or she can check your overall health and identify and treat the root cause of the double vision.

Treatment varies and depends on the determined root cause and can range anywhere from medicine to surgery.

LASIK Eye Surgery in Orange County

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The Downside of Contact Lenses

Contacts are becoming increasingly popular among individuals who need to correct their vision. The appeal of not wearing glasses have led this trend, and many people think they’ll never go back to wearing glasses after trying on their first pair of contact lenses. However, as time goes on, they might be noticing some negative effects of wearing contacts that may lead them to seek out other options.

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Dry Eyes

When wearing contact lenses, the quantity of tears that your eye is absorbing is greatly reduced. Instead, those tears are being absorbed the by the contacts! The lack of moisture leads to unpleasant dry eye symptoms, like itchiness, redness and a burning sensation in your eyes. If your eyes become way too dry, your cornea can even become scarred – which is very painful.

Medication Complications

The combination of using contact lenses and some medications, especially birth control pills, can result in chronic dry eye and irritation. When taking birth control, for example, and wearing contact lenses, the tear film in your eye can become damaged. The tear film consists of three main layers that work together to protect, bathe and nourish your eye. The combination of birth control and contacts can upset the balance among the three layers, causing you to feel a gritty sensation in your eye and a burning feeling due to excessive tearing.

Decreased Corneal Reflex

Contact lenses use may cause diminished corneal reflex in your eye. The corneal reflex is responsible for making sure that we close our eyes if something is threatening them, like an object flying towards your eye or someone trying to poke you. It is a protective mechanism signaled by the brain to your eyelids, telling them to close whenever any pressure is applied to the cornea.

Constant use of contacts can cause your body to ignore the corneal reflex, or may dull the body’s response to it. This can lead to all different types of eye damage because your eyes did not close fast enough.

Corneal Abrasion

Your contacts have the possibility of scratching your cornea if not fitted properly or when your eye becomes too dry, causing a corneal abrasion. You also increase your chance of a corneal abrasion when sleeping in your contacts or if you are carelessly inserting or removing them. Besides just the pain and uncomfortableness of a corneal abrasion, you might also get an infection because the abrasion creates an opening for bacteria and viruses.

Pink Eye or Conjunctivitis

Wearing contact lenses greatly increases your risk of developing conjunctivitis or a sty, especially if you sleep in them. Contacts provide a moist environment that acts as breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. And since less oxygen reaches your cornea when wearing the contacts, your body cannot fight off the infection as effectively as it could.

Ptosis

A condition where your eyelids start to droop, ptosis can lead to the affected person not being able to open their eyes fully. The contact lenses can move into the eyelid tissue, causing scarring and contraction.

What You Can Do

First, you can start wearing your contact lenses less, and use your glasses more regularly – at the very least make sure to always clean your lenses and do not sleep in them. However, if you are one of the many people that switched to contact lenses to stop wearing your glasses, there is another option for you: Lasik surgery. This surgery is done to correct your vision, and frees you from having to wear your glasses or contacts. For this reason, it is a good idea to talk to your eye doctor about the undergoing the procedure.

LASIK in Orange County

If you are having concerns about wearing your contact lenses, make sure to contact Dr. Ghosheh and the team of dedicated eye care experts at Advanced Eye Medical. We offer a number of services for patients who are suffering poor vision or eye diseases/conditions, including LASIK in Orange County. Our experienced team of optometrists and ophthalmologists deliver clearer vision and a high level of customized care for our patients.

How Does Dry, Cold Weather Affect Our Eyes?

When the weather gets cold, we all remember to put on our scarves, boots and heavy coats. However, you may be forgetting to protect your eyes from the harsh weather as well. The winter season can bring about some uncomfortable and irritating symptoms for your eyes. If you ever feel like your eyes bother you particularly in the cold, winter months, you’re definitely not alone. Lots of people struggle with dry, itchy eyes during the winter.

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Dry Eyes

With all the dry wind and cold temperatures, your eyes can quickly become dried out. In extreme conditions your eyes cannot keep up with producing enough tears to keep you comfortable. And if you think escaping the cold weather indoors will help, think again. In most homes, offices and businesses, the humidity levels will be lower because the heat is on and the windows are closed.

To combat your dry eyes, you should try a few things:

  • In windy weather or when exercising outside, protect your eyes with glasses or goggles.
  • Using a humidifier can help keep/add moisture to air and keep your eyes from drying out. As a bonus, using a humidifier when you get a winter cold can also help you feel better.
  • To stimulate tear production, you can take omega-3 supplements.
  • Your doctor can prescribe you eye drops that will lubricate your eyes.
  • Decrease some medications that can reduce your ability to produce tears, like antihistamines, sleeping pills and pain relievers.

Excessive Tearing

Some people notice that their eyes tear up more in the winter time and during a windy day rather than their eyes drying out. This can cause some annoyances, like constantly rubbing or wiping your eyes and your vision becoming blurry.

So, what do you when your eyes won’t stop tearing up? Try this:

  • Where sunglasses or goggles while outside, or at the very least while playing sports outside, like you would with dry eyes.
  • When you wipe your eyes, make sure that the cloth you are using is clean. Otherwise, you may be making the tearing worse by adding dust or dirt particles into the mix. You could also potentially spread germs if the cloth is not clean.

Swollen, Red eyes

Another symptom people may notice during cold, windy weather is their eyes becoming red and swollen. This may happen because the blood vessels in the tissue around the eyes can become constricted. This can also lead to other unpleasant symptoms, like blurry vision, eyelid spasms or excessive tearing.

To help de-puff and bring your eyes back to a normal color, try this:

  • Again, wearing sunglasses or goggles while outdoors can greatly help your eyes return to normal. It’s important that these glasses have UV protection, especially in the winter when UV rays can be reflected from the snow and ice on the ground.
  • Your doctor can prescribe you eye drops that will help your eyes.

Burning Eyes

If the weather is extremely cold, make sure not to force your eyes open as your cornea can actually freeze. This will result in pain, blurry vision, eyelid spasms and sensitivity to light.

To help your eyes, try this:

  • Like before, make sure to wear protective sunglasses or goggles when outdoors in extreme temperatures.
  • If you are experiencing any pain or a strong burning sensation, make sure to contact your doctor immediately.

Eye Treatment and LASIK in Orange County

In all of these types of situations, protecting your eyes is extremely important. Dr. Ghosheh and team at Advanced Eye Medical are here to help protect your eyes as well. We have a state of the art facility in Mission Viejo to help with all of your eye needs, including LASIK in Orange County.

Dry Eyes: When Tears Don’t Do Their Job

Although you may believe tears are only formed for crying, they are actually extremely necessary for general health and wellness. In general, tears are your body’s way of reliving stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration. But when it comes to your specific eye health, tears are also equally important. Healthy tears lubricate your eyes, remove irritants in your eyes, reduce stress hormones in your body, and release antibodies that ward of pathogens in your eyes.

However, when your tears don’t properly do their job you can contract what is called dry eye syndrome. While dry eye syndrome isn’t dangerous in any way, it is a painful condition that can cause itchiness, reddening, light sensitivity and blurring of vision. Although there are many symptoms of dry eye syndrome, the condition is usually caused by inadequate moisture that builds up in your tear glands and the tear ducts. This can lead to inflammation and the formation of excessive tears and mucus on your eyes. With that in mind, here are some ways that your tears can become insufficient in quality, and what you can expect in terms of symptoms.

How Can Your Tears Become Insufficient In Quality?

Healthy tears contain a robust combination of oil, water and mucus. The oil in your tears helps to prevent them from evaporating before they have lubricated your glands. This occours not just when you cry, but also when smoke, exhaust or other chemicals get in your eyes in order to flush them out. The mucus helps spread the tears evenly across your eyes, lubricating every prat of the glands and the eyes themselves. An insufficiency of either oil, mucus, or the water for the tears themselves can cause dry eyes.

The most likely cause of a deficiency in either oil, water or mucus in your tears is age. In fact, dry eyes are largely considered a normal part of the aging process. It is widely estimated that dry eye syndrome effects nearly 5 million American who are 50 and over. Dry eye syndrome is much more common in women after menopause. It disproportionately effects women at about twice the rate as men and can be damaging for women who go through premature menopause.

There are other factors that can contribute to contracting dry eye syndrome aside for natural aging. These include taking certain medications, such as certain antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, and blood pressure regulators. Other medical conditions can also bring on dry eye syndrome, particularly ones that attack your immune system, including diabetes,rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid problems. Dry eye syndrome may also be brought on by environmental factors, such as being exposed to an excess of smoke, wind or dry and sticky air, or even long term contact lens use or laser eye surgery.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of dry eye syndrome, and feel that your tears are insufficiency lubricating your eyes, you should consult a medical professional so that you can begin to receive immediate treatment, both for the health of your eyes and to improve your overall quality of life.

Dry Eye Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms, and Relief

You may believe that tears are only for crying, but they are actually a necessary component of your overall eye health. Tears are your body’s way of relieving stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration. Moreover, healthy tears keep your eyes lubricated, remove external irritants, reduce stress hormones in your body, and release antibodies that ward off pathogens in your eyes.

However, when your tears fail you can develop a condition known as dry eye syndrome. While dry eye syndrome isn’t dangerous, it is a painful condition that causes irritation, reddening, light sensitivity, and blurred vision. Dry eye is usually caused by inadequate moisture in your tear glands and tear ducts. This can lead to inflammation and the production of excessive tears and mucus in your eyes. Here are some ways that you can develop dry eye syndrome, as well as the symptoms to look out for:

Dry Eye Causes

Healthy tears contain a robust combination of oil, water, and mucus. The oil in your tears prevents them from evaporating before they have properly lubricated your glands. This occurs when you cry, but also when chemicals irritate your eyes in order to flush them out. The mucus helps spread the tears evenly across your eyes, lubricating every part of the glands and the eyes themselves. An insufficiency in either oil, mucus, or water in tear production can cause dry eye syndrome.

The most likely culprit is age. In fact, dry eyes are largely considered a normal part of the aging process. It is widely estimated that dry eye syndrome affects nearly 5 million Americans aged 50 years or older. Dry eye syndrome is much more common in women after menopause. It disproportionately affects women at about twice the rate as men, and can be damaging for women who go through premature menopause.

Other contributing factors include taking certain medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, and blood pressure regulators. Other medical conditions can also induce dry eye syndrome, particularly ones which attack your immune system. These include diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid disorders. Dry eye syndrome may also be triggered by environmental factors, such as excessive smoke exposure, wind or dry air, or even long-term contact lens use or laser eye surgery.

If you suspect that you or a loved one may be suffering from dry eye syndrome, consult with our trusted medical professionals today to begin treatment.