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HELP EMERGENCY- sudden distortion/ cross- eyed vision

A few minutes ago  at the dinner table my father (57yrs ) out of nowhere started getting distorted vision and he described as if he was seeing cross-eyed, this has lasted for about 15 minutes he is now in bed but his pressure is high he has had high pressure for years now though...  Is there anything i should do immediately??   Im extremely worried im in a foreign country right now and and medical help is no where near for atleast 30 minutes.

Can anyone advice me as to what i should do ?
Any home made remedies ??


This discussion is related to Sudden Cross-eyed Vision NOT double vision.
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If your father shows signs of a stroke, slurred speech, trouble moving arms or legs, abnormal behavior or has other severe changes he needs to go to hospital as soon as possible.

If he has hypertension, smokes, is obese, eats poorly, doesn't exercise, has diabetes, high cholesterol or other major health problems the most likely cause assuming his symptoms clear and he's back to normal is a TIA which is a transient ischemic attack. That means due to diseases of the heart, brain, blood vessels or eye he did not get enough blood. TIAs stop just short of a stroke but there is a high incidence of strokes in people that have TIA.  

Assuming you have long distance phone service I would call his physicians office tomorrow during office hours (factor in your time difference).

JCH MD
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I have low blood pressure, I'm not on any antidepressant medications, I've never had migraines, however I do occasionally suffer from vertigo. This is the third time I've experienced this crossed eye feeling.  I do not nor have I ever smoked and I'm 5'2" and weight 131. I do not suffer from diabeties, but do suffer,from psoriatic arthritis which I doubt has anything  with this.

So many of the comments I've seen is that some doctors have never heard of this yet there are plenty of postings.

Any real medical answers would be greatly appreciated.
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I have low blood pressure, I'm not on any antidepressant medications, I've never had migraines, however I do occasionally suffer from vertigo. This is the third time I've experienced this crossed eye feeling.  I do not nor have I ever smoked and I'm 5'2" and weight 131. I do not suffer from diabeties, but do suffer,from psoriatic arthritis which I doubt has anything  with this.

So many of the comments I've seen is that some doctors have never heard of this yet there are plenty of postings.

Any real medical answers would be greatly appreciated.
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If your eyes were truly crossed you would have true double vision that clears when either eye is shut; if you looked in the mirror or someone looked at you the should be able to tell they eyes are not properly aligned.

If your eyes were truly crossed there is an extensive list of conditions that would need to be excluded by seeing and working with an ophthalmologist eye MD with an interest in this problem.  Some of the more common might include: extra-ocular muscle palsies (cranial nerves 3,4,or 6), spasm of accommodation, temporary breakdown of a latent deviation (phoria) into a manifest deviation (trophia), drug (legal/illegal) side effect, neurological disease e.g. myasthenia gravis. .

So the symptom is not uncommon, the causes multiple and working through them starts with seeing an ophthalmologist Eye MD.

JCH MD
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