Seeing ghost images (double vision) in both eyes

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I have been seeing ghost images in both eyes since around the end of august 2017. The best way to describe it is seeing faint extra images coming from the top and bottom of whatever i am looking at, which is something lighter than its surroundings( like a street light at night or subtitles in movie). Imagine the letter “A” with a white font, on a screen on a black background, I would see faint copies of this letter above and below it. This happens with anything that is bright in darker background ( a black letter A in a white background would be fine).These ghost images can move further vertically away from the original, depending on how hard i squint. When i turn my head sideways, it occurs horizontally instead.

I have started using glasses since around october and I got them thinking it would make it go away, and it does while wearing them (not entirely sometimes), but i do not recall ever in my life having this problem before I got them. I am nearsighted and have been my whole life, but these double images are new and conisitent. Even with glasses, these ghost images are come out if i squint.

 I have been to several optometrists and they were completely useless. These optometrists confirmed that it isnt cataracts and astigmatism. I read that it MIGHT be some type of diplopia, but not entirely sure. I just want to know if anyone who wears glasses or not, has been experiencing the same thing and what they do to treat or diagnose it. Please help, this is ruining my quality of life. Glasses help me see and I should have got them a while ago. But this problem seems unrelated, does everyone who wears glasses have the same issue?  

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    So true diplopia will go away when you cover an eye or another. And diplopia isn't anything bad just means your eyes aren't aligned properly muscle issue usually or strabismus. I have it when I look to the left but it can't be cured with glasses because it will wreck my central vision. My first suggestion wear your glasses and don't squint lol. Second go to an opthomologist not an optometrist they are no medical doctors they are good for routine stuff but if your truely need prism in your glasses go to a opthomologist. I'm a opthalmic technician and see it all the time. Ghost images are usually diplopia higher apperaitions or astigmatism occasionally cornea related. Go to a professional smile

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    I had trouble with the same thing. I had cataract surgery in both eyes and it didn’t.t clear up the problems.  The doctor diagnosed fourth nerve palsy and is trying to correct it with prism lenses.  So far it hasn’t worked, next stop is a specialist.  You need to see a good eye doctor.  
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    i have the same problem if not more serious...it has been 6 months since i started seeing double images... it was sudden and literally developed over night. i see double images all the time and firstly thought that it may be  because of my new cylindrical no. but that was not the case. i see far images as double even with my glasses on and am far sighted . the doctors in my hometown also proved to be useless. i had MRI scans and all eye related tests but to no avail. my condition is still getting worse as i am now even starting to see nearby objects as double. so i guess you can feel a bit content as you are not the only one experiencing such things!!! 
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      I know this is old but have you had your eyelid glands checked? If they are clogged it can cause you to have a poor tear film. Dry eye can cause it as well
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      yeah i did.. it has been almost 2 years now. The problem increased suddenly around a month ago...I now have light sensitivity, i see afterimages and white spots in my vision and also static when i close one of my eyes. i have gone to all the doctors and have sat for all the eye and brain tests. it seems useless now and as i was searching the forums i think that i may have a desease called VISUAL SNOW which can also cause ghost images, and matches all my recent symptoms. Though it has no treatment for now as it is very rare... So we'll see what the next step is after this.

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    Hi sorry I'm a bit late to the discussion. You need to get your eyes checked out by a decent specialist eye doctor as it could be Keratoconus. Not trying to scare you or anything. Keratoconus is progressive thinning of the cornea which makes it go cone shaped. I have keratoconus in both eyes but I left it too long to go and get checked out so I am now in the advanced stage of the disease where not much can be done. My ghosting is awful. It's probably just mild astigmatism or wrong glasses prescription as Keratoconus is fairly rare but it's not worth the risk as it can be treated and corrected if caught early enough. I seriously wouldn't wish the horrible

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      Hello i aldo have keratoconus in both eyes and mine is seriously advanced i have had a graft in the left eye and the right eye is seriously bulging,obviously ghosting is common in keratoconus but i have started to see it in my right eye even with my contact lense in.is this normal?it never used to
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    (Continuation phone screwed up) I wouldn't wish this horrible disease on anyone, not even my worse enemy. Wishing you the best of luck and please please get thoroughly checked out.

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    I've had the exact same problem for 2 years now. I have seen 2 specialists to no avail. It has been confirmed that it's not cataracts, glaucoma, a tumor, anything neurological, or karatoconus. Getting pretty stinking old!

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    I've been fighting double vision for three years now . cataract surgery in both eyes epiretinal surgery in right eye. Prisim lens in glasses and still have the ghost image. I even went to a specialist on double vision and she said my eyes didnt track right but not bad enough for surgery. Its very frustrating.

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    Today, the treatment of double vision is not complicated, such as wearing a special glasses, eye masks, or contact, but it depends on your type of double vision.

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    TL;DR I believe i have the same problem as the original poster and i have no clue as to what's going on, i'll just post my experience here in hope that it can help someone else or maybe someone knows whats going one and can help.

    For a few years already i've spent at least a few hours a day reading, always with a white or another light font in a black/dark background/screen and since about 2 or 3 months ago i've started randomly getting double vision but only when i'm trying to read something light with a dark background. If i try reading in a black font in a white screen i have no problems.

    This did not happen every time i've read. The first time it happened i stopped reading for about 30min and after that everything was normal so i ignored it. About a week later it happened again and i was already considering going to a doctor but then it happened the very next day so i went to see an ophthalmologist but he didn't find anything wrong with me (at that time i still hadn't realized that the problem only occurred with light fonts in dark backgrounds). After that i tried a neurologist made an MRI but still found nothing wrong. After that it started occurring somewhat more frequently and around the 6 or 7th time it happened i finally linked it with the light font on dark backgrounds so i stopped reading that way and switched to black letters on white screens only and i thought the problem was solved.

    Today, after about a month with supposedly no problems i was reading some text on my computer and had to occasionally read one or two lines of text in a black screen which i thought would be fine but after suddenly switching to the dark background it was extremely blurry again. If i squinted i could still read the text but it was extremely annoying, closing any one eye did not help either, it was basically the same symptoms as described by the original poster.

    As i've just discovered that i still have this problem i still didn't do anything about it except for searching the internet and finding this thread but i'll try another ophthalmologist as soon as possible and i plan to update this if i find out anything...

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      I had some of the same issues and was finally diagnosed with keratoconus. I had to see a specialist, so I don't know if any opthamologist can diagnose it or not. If that's what you have, it sounds like a mild case, so you'd probably just need the contacts. Good luck in your search.

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