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Old 01-10-2005, 07:42 AM   #1
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Question Double Vision - Surgery or Prisms

I have double vision in one eye. It is awfully annoying when driviing at night.

Has anyone had surgery for this and, if so, how did it go?

Does anyone have experience with Prisms? How do they work? Can you see them from the outside? Do they help?

Thanks for your help.

 
Old 01-15-2005, 07:24 PM   #2
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Re: Double Vision - Surgery or Prisms

Hi I have double vision, the up and down kind not sideways like everyone else, I guess its hereditary, anyway I have trouble driving at night also so I got the prisim in my glasses, you honestly cant tell that its there, I thought they were going to be freaky looking but they look like normal glasses. I only use them to drive at night your eyes can grow dependant on them otherwise and become worse........hope this helps

 
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Old 01-16-2005, 08:25 PM   #3
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Re: Double Vision - Surgery or Prisms

Hi WildSigns,
Thanks for the "thread."
The optometrist tried putting the prism inside the glass lens and, unfortunately, it did not work. Now he is ordering the press on prism. I sure hope it works.
Do you have the prism inside the glass lens or is it a press on?
Have you ever considered surgery for this annoying problem? I have an appointment with an Ophthalmologist who specializes in eye muscle problems.

 
Old 01-20-2005, 04:08 AM   #4
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Re: Double Vision - Surgery or Prisms

Hi, Sara. I'm certainly no expert on this subject, but I have had two eye muscle surgeries for double vision. I have also used prisms...both stick-on and ground-in my glasses. I have found that I tend to adapt to the prism...therefore, needing stronger ones. Right now, I have no prisms, and I am recovering from the 2nd surgery.

I'm curious about your post...you mention that you have double vision in one eye. Whenever you have the double vision, if you cover one eye with your hand, do you see only one image? I thought that was how to tell if you have a muscle problem. Some people have double vision but it's only in one eye and covering the other eye won't make the double vision go away. I think prisms can be used in that case as well.

 
Old 01-20-2005, 05:14 AM   #5
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Hi Beemer,
Thank you so much for your reply. It helps so much.

When I cover my right eye and just use the left eye, no I do not have the double vision. But when I look out of both eyes, I do have the double vision. The vision from the left eye is lower. It is probably a muscle problem (4th nerve palsy). Is yours a muscle problem?

The ground-in prism did not work and now I am waiting to see how the press in prism works. I really hope it works.
I have an appointment with a specialist for the double vision next month.

Please let me know how you are doing now after the surgery? And, could you let me know what the procedure is like? I have a feeling I am headed in that direction.

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Old 01-20-2005, 07:41 AM   #6
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Re: Double Vision - Surgery or Prisms

Sara,
My problem is with the muscles...exotropia. I've had surgery on both eye's outer muscles...lateral rectus recessions. The way I understand it is that the muscles were moved farther back on the eye. Most people couldn't really see that my eyes weren't aligned...it was mostly the discomfort of trying to fuse images into one all day while working up-close at my job.

As far as prisms...I really didn't notice any difference with stick-on vs. ground-in. The stick-ons were used after I had already had ground-ins, twice, and it was primarly to save on the expense of ground-in prisms again.

I have had alot of double vision since the 2nd surgery. I had it with the first but it resolved much quicker than this time. I've been almost 3 months and still can't drive yet. I was purposely "over-corrected" knowing that my eyes will tend to settle back as I recover...and it's working, just very slowly. Now I am esotropic. The distance is the biggest problem at this time. The surgery itself wasn't bad either time. I had adjustable sutures both times. Other than a bloodshot eye and a day of feeling like something is in the eye --- it really wasn't that bad.

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Old 01-20-2005, 08:29 AM   #7
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Re: Double Vision - Surgery or Prisms

Beemer,
What is esotropic? Was the surgery on both or one eye?

 
Old 01-20-2005, 09:52 AM   #8
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Re: Double Vision - Surgery or Prisms

Esotropic means the eyes turn in. Again, it is not that noticeable on me to the casual observer. However, I see two images. My right eye sees the image on the right and the left eye sees the image on the left. With the exotropia (which is what it was before surgeries), the right eye sees the image on the left and the left eye sees the image on the right (it's called crossed diplopia.)

I've had surgery on both eyes now. One eye at a time, tho. The right eye was done about a year ago and the left eye was about 3 months ago.

 
Old 01-21-2005, 01:01 PM   #9
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Re: Double Vision - Surgery or Prisms

I had crossed eyes as a child of five. But I only had one eye that pulled inward, however, both eyes pulled in to compensate. I had surgery and my eyes look perfect, you never could tell. However, I do have some vision problems. One of my eyes is a lot worse that the other and I still have some muscle issues. Sometimes if I look up quickly into the far distance I will see double until my eyes adjust.

Also, if I cover one eye, the other eye has strange vision. It looks as if there is a transparent dark veil over one half of my vision. And the color of the veil changes colors as the object used to cover the other eye. In other words, if I covered my right eye with my hand, the veil on the left eye is flesh colored. If I cover my right eye with yellow paper, the veil on the left eye is yellow. If I look "outside" the veil, it goes away. It is almost as if there is a hole in the eye somewhere that is letting in light from the other eye!!

I know, it sounds crazy. I know I didnt explain it well. All that being said, my eyes are very healthy and my retinas look very good.

 
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