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Old 11-14-2008, 05:07 PM   #1
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Slight double vision

The past week or so I've noticed that when looking at bright lights such as a TV or a street light the light will be slightly double vision upwards.

This is present in both of my eyes and it seems to be based on distance. Up close I is hard to notice but at a distance it can be pretty obvious.

It doesn't really affect my vision too much and I can drive at night just fine. It has gotten me a little concerned though as I've never noticed a single problem with my sight up until now.

First of all does anyone know what this could be and secondly who should I see? Should I go to my GP (general practitioner, I'm from the UK) or is there someone who specialises in sight I should speak with? I've never had an eye examination so I'm not exactly sure.

Thanks for any replies.

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Old 11-15-2008, 07:41 AM   #2
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Re: Slight double vision

You definitely need an eye exam. You can make an appointment with an optometrist without a referral. Over here, a doctor of optometry has the initials OD after his name. A medical doctor who is an ophthalmologist will have D.O. after his name, and will require a referral. An optometrist is a perfectly good place to start.
Odds are, you will just need glasses, but double vision should always be checked out.

Many posters from the UK call an optometrist an optician, so just be sure you are seeing a doctor of optometry. Here, an optician is the person who makes or sells glasses (although our optometrists do sell them).

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