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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    I had this issue 16 months ago. It's more prominent at night when the sky is dark. I can't see the ghost image during daytime. The strange part is the ghost image shifted (up or down) if I squint or raise my eyebrows.


    At the same time I had some strange feeling everyday for 12 months.

    1. standing in a pool and feel the body slightly swaying back and forth with the water
    2. difficulty trying to focus on an object , especially when turning my head.
    3. dizzy or disoriented when walking in a super market, looking at goods on the shelves. It;s similiar to the feeling when looking at some poor youtube videos. Keep thinking if that is triggered by motion...

    My family doctor asked me several times if I had anxiety because that can trigger dizziness. I thought that was non-sense.

    Went to 2 ornithologists and was told I was OVER-OBSERVANT and they cound't see any neurological issues (can they really tell from looking at your eyes?). They told to me ignore it instead of focusing on it and trying to figure out what it is.

    I thought they people are incompetent.

    Everyday, from the moment I woke up, I kept thinking about "what's wrong with my eyes" . This went on for 12 months.

    Until one day, I finally decided to 'give up' and take their words as the answer. Magically I started to feel feeling better (it's like night and day). Dizziness gone!

    Then my appointment with neurologist finally came. he saw nothing .

    Today, I still see ghost images on daily basis.... sometimes it got very bad, especially when I am tired or use the phone for extended period of time (maybe I am too old, 40 years old now).

    Eyedrops like Systane or Hylo (preservative free) didn't seem to help until bought this eye-drop. Maybe it's just placebo but whatever.

    Bottom line, if you experience something similar to me, maybe it's time to check if you have anxiety.

    good luck to us all.

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