Can LASIK Or Laser Eye Surgery Correct Double Vision?

Like one of those dull headaches that appears when you wake up in the morning, double vision can come about for a heck of a lot of reasons.

In fact, if I were to try and list them all here, I might start to get double vision myself.

Despite it being such a hard symptom to pin to an exact cause, there are a number of conditions with which double vision is commonly associated.

Potential causes of double vision, also known as diplopia, include diabetes, weak eye muscles, a pinched nerve in the eye muscle resulting from injury, an invisible bacterium in the eyes, Graves’ Disease, a childhood squint, alcohol, and digital vision syndrome.

Although double vision does, obviously, affect your vision, it typically isn’t treatable with Laser Eye Surgery.

Laser Eye Surgery is traditionally used to improve a person’s visual acuity by treating refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

Double Vision Causes: Make Sure LASIK Is What You Need

If you are experiencing double vision, you may want to start by eliminating all the potential causes from the picture that you can.

That includes cutting back on drinking alcohol in excessive quantities and breaking up time spent looking at screens.

If the problem persists, you may then want to consult your general practitioner to determine if there is an underlying cause that is to blame for your double vision.

In many cases, double vision can be cured with simple home remedies. For instance, in the case of invisible bacterium, you can let your eyes rest, use a hot compress, and administer lubricating eye drops.

In other, albeit more rare cases, surgical correction may be necessary. For example, in the case of a pinched nerve resulting from injury, a surgical procedure can be performed to repair the nerve. This procedure has nothing to do with your cornea and therefore is not LASIK or Laser Eye Surgery.

With all that being said, there are limited cases in which LASIK is used to correct double vision. It is a complicated issue that can be resolved prior to your initial consultation. If you find yourself in a situation where Laser Eye Surgery is recommended to you, the important thing is to make sure that the root cause of your double vision is not something that could require another surgery down the road. Always seek out a second opinion just to be sure that you are getting the right treatment for your particular case.

Have a question about double vision or want to find out if you are suitable for Laser Eye Surgery? Drop us a comment below or speak with one of friendly team of eye experts today.