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What causes sudden double vision after a cornea transplant?

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Posted on Mon, 14 Jul 2014
Question: I am a 71 year old male. I underwent a right cornea transplant about 3 months ago due to Fuchs Dystrophy. All was going well in my recovery until yesterday when I suddenly and for no apparent reason began having double vision. It is bad enough that I cannot drive. There is blurring in addition to the double vision. My vision is better when covering one eye or the other. Using both eyes simultaneously is when the double vision kicks in. Coincidentally, I had an appointment with my cornea surgeon this morning. He said my transplant looks great but is concerned about the double vision. Will be referring me to a neuro ophthalmologist. I was too surprised to ask the reason for the referral or what he may suspect. He indicated the need for some urgency, and said his office will make arrangements. It is now about 10:00 pm XXXXXXX time and I have heard nothing. Please provide me with some information including the possibilities and their seriousness. How urgent is it that I see the neuro ophthalmologist? What should I be doing in the meantime? Could this be a serious problem? What specific questions should I be prepared to ask the neuro ophthalmologist?
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Answered by Dr. Ashok Kumar Dash (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Monitor the progress as you wait for doctor.

Detailed Answer:
You have underwent corneal transplantation 3 months back. Apparently you were doing well until now when you developed blurring vision and double vision. I am glad you have no other symptoms such as redness and pain. In this instance, I feel you can wait for the day until you see the doctor.

In the meanwhile you should monitor the progress of symptoms. You can push for immediate medical attention if you notice redness and pain.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need clarifications.

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What causes sudden double vision after a cornea transplant?

Brief Answer: Monitor the progress as you wait for doctor. Detailed Answer: You have underwent corneal transplantation 3 months back. Apparently you were doing well until now when you developed blurring vision and double vision. I am glad you have no other symptoms such as redness and pain. In this instance, I feel you can wait for the day until you see the doctor. In the meanwhile you should monitor the progress of symptoms. You can push for immediate medical attention if you notice redness and pain. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need clarifications. Regards