What are the demographics of diplopia?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Jitander Dudee, MD, MA(Cantab), FACS, FRCOphth; Chief Editor: Andrew G Lee, MD  more...
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Diplopia has no reported racial predilection.


Diplopia has no reported sexual predilection.


Diplopia is encountered almost exclusively in adults or in those with mature visual systems because of their inability to ignore the second image.

Young children may not be able to express this symptom. More importantly, the immature visual system deals with diplopia by suppressing the poorer image, possibly resulting in irreversible amblyopia. Children with obvious and marked ocular malalignment due to strabismus are comfortable and content because the visual image from the deviating eye is suppressed and not noticed.

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