Diplopia, or double vision, can result if our eyes do not both aim in the same place either at a distance or up close. The double images may be totally separate or overlap to some degree. Double vision can develop over time or appear suddenly. If this is the cause of double vision, it is a disorder of binocular vision and can be treated with vision therapy.
Children may experience double vision but they may not be aware that this is not normal. Children tend to believe that everyone sees the world as they do. That is why it is critical to take children to the optometrist for a regular eye exam, starting at six months of age. Many parents have discovered that their child was seeing double and the child did not tell anyone because they thought it was normal.
It is quite common for children who are struggling with reading and other close work, especially in school, to experience seeing double after a short amount of reading. Double vision makes it very difficult and uncomfortable to read. As a result, children with double vision will often avoid reading, or say that they don't like to read. These reactions are common in kids who have difficulties with eye coordination and eyestrain at close distances.
There are many causes of double vision. Some are serious and some are very treatable. Consult your optometrist to determine the cause, get treatment or to obtain any necessary referrals to other professionals that can help.
You should never ignore double vision. Don't wait for it to go away on its own. . If anyone you know sees double, make an appointment at our office or at the office of another optometrist. It is important to find the cause of the double vision as soon as possible and to then develop a treatment plan. Double vision that occurs suddenly needs to be evaluated by an eye doctor right away.