Dr. Dan B. : Hello and thanks for your question. It sounds as though your father maybe suffering from an imbalance in the muscles that move the eye and that align the eyeball straight ahead with the other eyeball. This can cause the double vision he complains of and explains why his symptoms improved or resolved after one eyeball is covered.
Dr. Dan B. : this doesn't necessarily sound like infection. I would recommend that he see a pediatric ophthalmologist who is also a strabismus specialist. They're often called pediatric specialists because most often kids have eyes that are misaligned. He needs to have a thorough evaluation by this subspecialist about the way his eyes move. Alternatively, he can see a neuro ophthalmologist who can also very ably diagnose this. Does this make sense
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can you refer to the questions I asked in my first email?
Dr. Dan B. : of course without being able to examine him, I cannot answer your questions definitively. However, from what I can tell, this is not caused from eye strain or infection. As to how long it would take this resolve, it depends on the specific etiology of the muscle imbalance. There are many causes and reasons why some one may muscle imbalance in the eyes.
Dr. Dan B. : While on the basis of those tests, you can rule out many of those things you said, the imaging cannot rule out some very small strokes that may have taken place in the brain that sometimes cannot be picked up by imaging. It is possible that this muscle imbalance is related to a small stroke to the nerves that control the muscles that move the eyes.
Dr. Dan B. : For this reason, I would recommend seeing a neuro-ophthalmologist, and if you cannot see one of these, I would recommend a pediatric ophthalmologist or strabismus specialist. These are the two specialists that are going to have the most input and the most able to rule out "nasties".
Dr. Dan B. : I hope that I was able to answer your questions. You have any further questions about what I have said?