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Double Vision & Spinal Stenosis

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I have an appointment with my ophthalmologist on the 6th of February to talk once again about my diplopia. I'm told that there could be autonomic neuropathy involvement, but it's very difficult to get any kind of commitment to a certain diagnosis.

I've noticed that one eye sees, on its own, images to the right of where the other eye does.

Night driving is challenging because I see the two headlights with a second set above or below. And standing on the deck at night, I look at the lights of town, 7 miles away, and there is a perfect double set. It's hard to know which one is the actual light or the secondary one. Rather frustrating and disconcerting disorienting. I'm hoping the doctor will have something that explains the diplopia, and even more, a way to correct it.


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@jimhd My eyes don't converge perfectly either, but that is only an issue at very close ranges for me. Each eye sees a different angle of the view because of the distance between your eyes, and you can see the difference by covering each eye independently and comparing. The brain puts these two different visual images together in the visual cortex to create 3 dimensional vision with depth perception. The movement of each eye ball is controlled by several small strap like muscles attached to it that move it different directions and serviced mainly by the occulomotor nerve. If there is a problem with the nerve and it doesn't communicate correctly with the muscles, that affects the ability to physically move the eye correctly. That's a simple explanation of how it works. I hope your opthalmologist can find a resolution for you. I used to wear contacts where one eye was corrected for distance and the other for close vision. I'm nearsighted. What I found was that the distance eye became the dominant one and I wouldn't see the image from the close eye unless I focused on something closer. I don't know if that would work now because my eyes have changed as I've gotten older, and I am less near sighted now.