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Old 02-09-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
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Question Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

I am 64 years old and at the age of 60 got double vision.

I have had strabismus since a child but never had the strabismus muscle surgery until 2 weeks ago. All the literature indicates it could come back and the pediatric ophthalmologist assures me if the double vision comes back, the surgery could be done again.

Needless to say, I hope it never comes back. But, is there anyone that has had the surgery and did the double vision come back?

I REALLY appreciate hearing from anyone who can shed some light on this type of eye muscle surgery for double vision.

 
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Re: Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

Whether or not the double vision comes back depends on what caused it. I'm not an eye care professional (just a fairly knowledgeable patient), but my best guess is that you can permanently cross "diplopia" off your problem list.

There's a very interesting article by Dr. Bertram Kushner about sudden onset diplopia in patients with a history of strabismus. It's somewhat technical, but I'll find the exact reference if you are interested.

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Old 02-10-2009, 04:27 PM   #3
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Yes, please let me know how to find it. I am VERY interested in reading it.

Thank you so much for responding to my "thread."

Sara

 
Old 02-10-2009, 06:17 PM   #4
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Re: Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

The article is titled: "Recently Acquired Diplopia in Adults with Long-Standing Strabismus" by Burton J. Kushner, M.D. It appeared in the Archives of Ophthalmology, Vol. 119, No. 12, December 2001, pp 1795-1801.

I just checked, and the entire article is available online FREE! (Don't settle for the abstract--in this case, it's not very well written.)

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Old 02-10-2009, 07:28 PM   #5
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Re: Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

JodiJ,

Thank you SO very much. Yes, I did find the article and did ******** it and it was free. It is very informative and helpful.

I am very thankful to you for responding. I would have never found as much information. I hope you are well.

Sara

 
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Re: Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

That article was very helpful to me when when I developed diplopia a few years ago. I was certain that it was related to my use of monovision contacts--even though two optometrists and an opthalmologist told me that this was not possible. Ha! I felt like mailing them copies of the article after I discovered it.

If you fall into one of the categories discussed by Kushner, you can easily prevent a recurrence of diplopia.

 
Old 02-10-2009, 08:34 PM   #7
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Re: Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

JodiJ,

Very interesting - - it was after I tried a monovision contact on my left eye (for close work) that several months later, I got the diplopia. Needless to say, no more contacts for me. I had heard that when you have a childhood strabismus, the monovision contacts can "trigger" the double vision when you are older.

I would have never tried the monovisin contacts had I known it could trigger the double vision.

I had the eye muscle surgery about 2 weeks ago on the eye that I used to wear the contact lens on for just close vision. That was also the eye that just had the eye muscle surgery on.

So far, so good with the surgery. The double vision was terrible and what a relief this is for me.

How are you doing? Please let me know about your situation. Thank you.

Sara

 
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Re: Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

Strange as it seems, I wasn't even aware of having a history of strabismus before I did monovision. It's not clear whether I had micro strabismus as a child (which no one had ever noticed) or a phoria that just broke down with the stress of monovision. I had eye muscle surgery in '05 on one eye only, which was a complete success. I don't think you'll have further problems as long as you avoid monovision.

Unfortunately, I've developed another threat to my binocular vision. I had an epiretinal membrane removed from my right eye, but the surgery left me with a significantly larger image in that eye than in my left eye. This makes fusing the two images more difficult, and some people have developed continuous double vision as a result. I have an appointment scheduled with a retinal surgeon in Memphis, who thinks that he can help me. (The local docs I've seen have been useless.) Meanwhile, I'm using a contact lens/glasses combination (prescribed online by a Dutch Ph.D.) to reduce the image size difference. About the only good thing to come from my eye problems is that I've learned a great deal about ophthalmology and optics in an effort to help myself.

 
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Re: Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

Jodi,
I printed the article and found it to be VERY informative and helpful. Thank you, again, for this information. You are very much on top of things being such a wealth of information.

When I think back, getting used to the monovision contacts was a real challenge and I wish I had known then what I know now. I really feel the conctact I wore for close vision in my left eye triggered the double vision because the left eye is the eye that got operated on and was the eye that the vision was dropping down on.

Was they eye that you had the surgery on the eye that you had the monovision lens on?

So far so good with my surgery. I hope you have luck in help with your vision. I am glad that the contact is helping with the larger image. Is it very far from where you live when you go to Memphis?

Sara

 
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Re: Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

Hi Jody,
I also have double vision, and until recently, didn't know having it fixed might be an option! I live in Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, I know there is a physician who does this surgery there, but not sure how to find him, any ideas?
Thanks and I hope your feeling better!

Rob

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Re: Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

Winstonz, I'm not a physician and don't know what's causing your double vision. It could be an eye muscle problem or something else. One source for local referrals is the physician directory of the American Academy of Ophthalmology at www aao org. (At a minimum, all the doctors listed are board-certified.) Try finding a specialist in strabismus.

 
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Re: Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

Jody,

Thanks for the information, my double vision was a direct result of a brain tumor by the way.

Thanks again!

Rob

 
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Re: Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

Rob, I'm not sure, but maybe a neuro-ophthalmologist would be the best specialist to start out with. (It doesn't sound like your condition involves eye muscles.) The "Find a Doctor" directory lets you choose a geographic location and sub-specialty.

An even better idea might be to contact the doctor who treated your tumor and let him/her know about your double vision. Perhaps this doctor could give you referrals to other specialists.

 
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Re: Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

Jody,
You may be right about my muscles not being a problem, as a matter of fact, the more I think about it, the more certain I am. I have had surgery to realign my eyes, and still have double vision. I recall someone mentioning that there is a doctor who specializes in double vision via the optic nerve, but I lost his website unfortunately, all I know was that he practices in Philadelphia, that's likely what needs to be addressed.

I have paralysis in the left side of my face, and wanted to look "normal" again, as it was drooping a bit.

Thank you for replying, I will do some web-surfing tonight and hopefully find someone to help me out!
Rob

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Re: Double Vision-Will it come back after surgery?

Rob, if you've had past surgery to realign your eyes, then your problem does involve your eye muscles. So you probably do need to see a strabismus specialist. Try to find an experienced doctor--someone who's been practicing for awhile. If you have a general ophthalmologist, s/he would be a good source for referrals.

 
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