What is the prognosis 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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The causes of diplopia can vary from a mild inconvenience to a condition with major health consequences.

As a rule, patients with diabetic mononeuritis multiplex recover spontaneously in approximately 6 weeks.

Optical causes (eg, lens dislocation, corneal disorders) are amenable to repair.

Blow-out fractures have a variable prognosis depending on the amount of tissue damage.

Central (neurologic) causes of diplopia can have serious consequences and, in the case of primary or secondary tumors, have a dire prognosis.


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