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    Old 12-04-2003, 01:43 AM   #1
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    Unhappy double vision & 1 pupil larger than the other

    I'm just curious if anyone else has experienced double, tilted vision? I get this occasionally and the episodes last about 5 minutes.

    I've also discovered that I have one pupil that has always been larger than the other. It's my left eye that has the larger pupil, and this is the same side that I get the weird vision problem in. I've tried covering one eye at a time during attacks to see what happens and it's definitely the left eye that is out of whack.
    My sister has the same problem. She and I apparently are both type A personality - so is it stress?

    If I take an aspirin it seems to help. I have type A negative blood and have read that the blood type A is a thicker blood, so I was wondering also if anyone had any thoughts on this? Am I having some sort of a mini-stroke during the episodes?

    I've gone to the doctor, of course, and he couldn't find anything wrong with me. I've also been to an Opthamologist and Optomotrist. I got reading glasses for the first time in my life a few months ago, was diagnosed with an astigmatism, and my prescription was very mild.

    No one can seem to find anything wrong with me. But these vision episodes really worry me. As for my sister, the doctors couldn't find anything wrong with her either, and she went in for many more extensive tests than I did.
    She also has an astigmatism. Is this something that occurs in people with asigmatisms?

    Any ideas or similiar experiences? Thanks in advance.
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    Old 12-04-2003, 11:55 AM   #2
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    Re: double vision & 1 pupil larger than the other

    Amed,

    This may not help you much, but here is my 2 cents worth.....

    I have double vision (diplopia) for 3 years now, I have to deal with it everyday, by wearing glasses with prisms built into them. Tilted vision is something I've never had.

    You mentioned a stroke?? If you are really concerned, get blood tests done (to rule out diabetes, for example) and discuss with your doctor about a cat scan, if he thinks it is a worthwhile thing. (Also, don't be afraid to get a second opinion from another doc, if you aren't comfortable with your first one or if symptoms persist).

    Good luck,

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    Old 12-04-2003, 02:15 PM   #3
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    Re: double vision & 1 pupil larger than the other

    Thanks for your reply. I think I should get a second opinion too, but am worried what might be discovered I guess. It would be nice to think that it's just caused by stress. I also don't have much faith in most doctors, and Western medicine in general.
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    Old 12-04-2003, 07:36 PM   #4
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    Re: double vision & 1 pupil larger than the other

    I've been having problems with double vision in one eye only too. I've had problems with it off and on for several years. Usually when I get a new prescription, things will improve. I have an astigmatism in one eye only and this double vision problem only really started after I also needed to get reading glasses. I'm wondering if there is some connection to the bifocals? I recently went back to my Optomotrist because the double vision seemed worse after I got my new eye glasses, but she couldn't find anything wrong. She did mention using prisms (sp?) but said it would be hard to diagnose since my vision is not double all the time. It seems to surface only after I've been doing anything where I have to concentrate, like reading, watching tv, computer work, etc. It's getting really frustrating, though. I'm good for about 10 minutes max of reading, etc.

    I sure would like to get this cleared up. I love reading and now I can't even enjoy that.

     
    Old 12-05-2003, 05:43 AM   #5
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    Re: double vision & 1 pupil larger than the other

    Hiya:

    This is a non-medical opinion from research I've done over the years.
    Double vision in both eyes is a result of the brain not being able to fuse the two images coming from both eyes. As well as being caused by strabismus which is a misalignment of the eyes, it can have neurological causes.

    Monocular diplopia, or double vision in one eye, is usually an eye thing and not a brain thing. It's the surface of the eye--the cornea, or lens--that distorts imconing light and splits the beam, projecting two images onto the retina. Corneal erosion, astigmatism, or keratoconus (cone-shaped cornea) can cause this. The fact that your pupil is larger, and your sister has the same problem suggests a structural cause, but that doesn't really explain why it comes and goes. I would suggest seeing a corneal specialist, but as I said, these are just non-expert opinions.

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    Old 12-07-2003, 02:26 AM   #6
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    Re: double vision & 1 pupil larger than the other

    Just out of curiosity, are you able to stand up when you get this double vision?
    I find that I feel off balance, but am not sure if this is due to not being able to see properly at the time. Also when my vision is acting up, things are tilted. For example, the horizon isn't horizontal, it's kind of sideways. Do you have this as well?

    Have you heard anything about this being related to having an astigmatism?

    Thanks for your reply,
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    Old 12-07-2003, 06:59 PM   #7
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    Re: double vision & 1 pupil larger than the other

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    Also when my vision is acting up, things are tilted. For example, the horizon isn't horizontal, it's kind of sideways. Do you have this as well?

    Have you heard anything about this being related to having an astigmatism?

    I can't say that I've noticed things are tilted, just have double vision. I do know that the longer I've been reading, doing computer work, etc...the longer it takes before my vision becomes clearer again. I've done the same thing you have and tried covering one eye at a time and it is definitely the left eye that has the problem. Unfortunately, I haven't heard anything about the astigmatism playing a role in the double vision. But I do find it incredibly annoying since I hate to read now because of this problem and before I read for hours at a time. My sister says it is common as we age. Man...I hate a comment like that!

     
    Old 12-09-2003, 04:52 PM   #8
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    Re: double vision & 1 pupil larger than the other

    Hey Amed!

    Just FYI, with regards to the blood concern and stroke, Do you have "sticky blood?" Suggest reading the posts by Angelicbrat regarding "APS: mimics MS". I'm not saying you have APS (or MS-that's just the title of her post) but APS might be a topic you and your sister want to be aware of.

    (For the posts, look in MS board or immune section).

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