An ophthalmologist needs to conduct an eye examination before recommending the most suitable treatment for a child’s double vision.
An eye examination for diplopia usually includes checking the patient’s vision, pupil responses and eyelids.
The specialist will also check for refractive errors and the eyes’ movement, position and ability to work together. They may also use a microscope to evaluate the front part of the patient’s eyes.
Once the specialist determines the child has double vision and identifies which type it is, they will recommend a treatment.
If the child has monocular double vision, the ophthalmologist may recommend the following treatment options:
- Opaque contact lenses (with the appropriate prescription)
- Prism lenses (with the proper prescription)
- Artificial tears and other dry eye treatments to lubricate the eyes
Binocular diplopia treatment for children includes prescription glasses with permanent or temporary prism lenses and wearing an eye patch to blur the vision in one eye.
The specialist will recommend surgery if the diplopia is caused by a traumatic head or brain injury or any severe medical condition.