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What could cause double vision of objects that are beside what I am focusing on?

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Dr. Grzegorz Stanko

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Posted on Thu, 15 Nov 2018 in Lump
Question: 32 - M - Obese - Vision Question - Astigmatism

Lately I have been having some headaches and sinus pressure under my cheek bones. I am taking allergy medication and Tylenol and it seems to be helping.

I spend a large amount of time in front of the computer and I've noticed something recently with my vision. 90% of the time my vision is fine (except for driving at night where I see starbursts, etc) but sometimes I see double vision. It is really only apparent when Im looking at two objects in the same direction and focusing on one but not the other.

For example if I focus on my hand then most objects directly behind it appear double. If I focus on the objects behind my hand then my hand appears double. Most objects in my peripheral are not double. If all objects are at the same depth that I am focusing then everything is clear.

Reading online it seems this is actually normal because of the offset of the eyes when looking in same direction. Is that true?

Also would an astigmatism be contributing to this effect and/or contributing to my sinus and headaches as I get older? I think sometimes its caused by looking at the computer so long.
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Please give some more details.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Do you have headache only after working on a computer or while shaking your head (especially if you move down your head)? Do you suffer from cervical spine pain? Any fingers numbness? Do you wear contact lens or glasses?

Your problem seems to be normal vision function. When focusing on some objects, as you have two eyes, the other objects are seen as double. This is a normal thing and has nothing to do with sinusitis or astigmatism.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Regards,
Dr. Grzegorz Stanko,
General Surgeon
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Follow up: Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 29 minutes later
I would say most of the time my headache is caused from working on computer or using digital devices. Occasionally I get them randomly but that is not often.

I do not get headaches from shaking my head or moving my head down.

I do have some back pain and have been told I have costochondritis (have had ECG, Echo, Stress test, etc. heart checked out) which flares up at times.

I have no finger numbness or pain. I was prescribed glasses for astigmatism over 15 years ago but have not worn it since that time when I was a teenager. I plan to see an optometrist soon to get a prescription.

Does this mean aside from probably needing glasses especially when doing computer work everything sounds normal?

Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
It seems normal.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Yes, it seems normal indeed. The main reason is looking on one object (computer) for a long time. It would be good to give your eyes a break every hour or so, look as far as it is possible to relax your eyes muscles.

Cervical spine issues can also cause similar symptoms, however blurred vision or dizziness are major symptoms.

Hope I have answered your query.

Regards,
Dr. Grzegorz Stanko,
General Surgeon
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