| | What's wrong with me?? - please help!!
I am a 42 year old male with a history of allergies, anxiety, hypochondria, panic attacks, etc. For the past several months if I look at something head-on, I see it normally but if I turn my head slightly to the left or right (while maintaining focus on the object), I see an overlapping image (or double vision if I turn my head really far to the left or right while focusing on the same object). The farther away the object, the greater the double-vision effect). My left eye is very blurry and if I close my right eye and only use my left one, everything looks "drop-shadowed" (especially text). I have had Exotropia (I'm "walleyed") in my left eye my entire life and had surgery when I was 7 years old. I also have moderate to severe farsightedness (Hyperopia). Finally, I have taken benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Valium, etc) for years now for severe anxiety and panic attacks and more recently, Atarax (both of which can cause visual problems - including double-vision) but I don't remember having this problem until just recently (last few months). Had an episode of severe vertigo a week ago. I also get floaters, blurred vision and about a year ago I had sparkles in my eyes that lasted 3 days. I was thinking about having a CT scan or MRI but I'm not sure which one would be best for eliminating any possible brain disorders (or does this sound like just a visual problem?).
Anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated and thank you for reading this.
- Lonely Traveler