Yes! Patients with double vision CAN wear contact lenses. There are a few things that we look at when evaluating a patient with double vision for contact lenses.
Is the double vision in one eye or both eyes? You can test yourself at home and when you are seeing double images, cover one eye. If the doubling goes away completely you likely have "binocular diplopia", a condition where the eyes are misaligned. If the double vision does not go away with one eye closed, you are likely experiencing double vision from a condition of the eye, whether that be an incorrect prescription, condition like keratoconus, corneal scarring, post-surgical changes, etc. Both have the potential to be corrected with contact lenses.
Are your double images side by side or up and down?
Like we detailed in our explanation of contact lenses for double vision, soft contact lenses may be designed for those with vertical (up and down) double vision but the only option for those with horizontal double vision (side by side) is a lens called the EyePrintPRO. This is an extremely advanced lens that uses the stability of taking a mold of the eye to create a lens that stays put so when you add prism (the bending of light that makes two images into one), it stays in the correct position.
The best way to see if this is an option for you would be to schedule a Specialty Contact Lens Consultation at our office!
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