Questions Your Eye Doctor Will Ask You About Your Double Vision

Posted on November 20, 2017

Questions Your Eye Doctor Will Ask You About Your Double Vision
By: Jeffrey Colburn, MD

Double vision (seeing two images of the object you are looking at) is most often experienced by adults with eye misalignment (strabismus), though occasionally can happen with children as well. Here are a list of questions your eye doctor or their staff will likely ask you to better understand your double vision and what the treatment options might be. Thinking through these questions and their answers in advance will help with the evaluation.

1. How long have you been seeing double?

2. Are there any other associated problems, like headaches?

3. Has your double vision been treated previously with either surgery or prism glasses?

4. Did you have eye muscle problems as a child?

5. How many images do you see?

6. Does the double vision come and go or is it constant?

7. Are the images separated side by side, one above the other, or some of both?

8. Is one of the images tilted?

9. Do you see the double vision looking more for far away or for looking up close?

10. Does the double vision go away if you cover your right eye?

11. Does the double vision go away if you cover your left eye?