Dr. Max Gomez: Double Vision


TYPE 2 DIABETES IS CAUSED BY OBESITY, POOR EATING AND LACK OF EXERCISE. IT’S TREATABLE BUT ONLY IF IT’S DIAGNOSED. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A REALLY GOOD EYE EXAM? YOU COULD BE DEVELOPING A VISION PROBLEM AND NOT REALIZE IT. DR. MAX GOMEZ TELLS US ABOUT ADULT DOUBLE VISION. WHEN I WAS LOOKING AT TV IT WAS TWO PICTURES I WAS SEEING THERE UNTIL I MOVED MY ARM IN FRONT OF MY EYES AND SAW THE PICTURES WERE A LOT DIFFERENT. Reporter: JONATHAN GOOD IS NO STRANGER TO EYE PROBLEMS. HE HAS HAD AN INFECTION, DETACHED RETINA AND CATARACT SURGERY BUT IT WAS THE DOUBLE VISION HE DEVELOPED THAT REALLY BOTHERED HIM. WHEN I WAS REACHING FOR DOORS, I WOULD EITHER MISS OR HIT THE HANDLE, I WAS KNOCKING WATER OFF THE TABLE. Reporter: DOUBLE VISION IS NOT UNCOMMON IN ADULTS. IT CAN COME ON SUDDENLY OR IF IT’S SLOW IN DEVELOPING, LIKE JONATHAN, THE PATIENT MAY NOT REALIZE IT FOR A WHILE. THE CAUSES ARE MANY. WITH ADULTS THEY WILL HAVE RETINA, GLAUCOMA PROBLEMS OR NEUROOPHTHALMIC PROBLEMS THAT WILL AFFECT THE EYE MUSCLES MAKING THEM NOT STRONG ENOUGH. Reporter: AFTER AN EXAM AND DIAGNOSIS THERE ARE SEVERAL TREATMENTS. SURGERY TO HELP ALIGN THE EYES MAY HELP. GLASSES MAY HELP BRING TWO IMAGES CLOSE ENOUGH TOGETHER FOR THE BRAIN TO FUSE THEM AND EYE EXERCISES CAN TRAIN THE BRAIN AND EYES TO WORK TOGETHER. FOR PEOPLE LIKE JONATHAN, IT WAS TO IGNORE ONE OF THE IMAGES. ONE HAD TO SHOW HIM HOW NOT TO USE ONE EYE TO PUT THEM TOGETHER BUT TO USE THE OTHER. FOCUSING ON THE IMAGE OUT OF MY RIGHT EYE AND THAT’S THE CLEARER VISION 20/20 OUT OF THAT EYE. Reporter: YOU’RE IGNORING WHAT YOUR LEFT EYE IS TELLING YOUR BRAIN? YES. Reporter: THAT TECHNIQUE IS SIMILAR TO WHAT MANY PEOPLE DO WHEN THEY TRY MONOVISION WITH THEIR CONTACT LENSES OR AFTER LASER EYE SURGERY. ONE EYE IS CORRECTED FOR DISTANCE THE OTHER FOR READING. BUT AGAIN, THE KEY IS A GOOD EYE EXAM. FOR MIDDLE-AGED ADULTS THAT’S ABOUT EVERY ONE OR TWO YEARS. THAT’S PROBABLY A LOT MORE OFTEN THAN MOST PEOPLE

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