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I am a female, 24 years old. For the past year, I've been experiencing eye issues. It started with an isolated sudden exploding pain around/behind my left eye that went away just as quickly. Later (another day), I began to notice random double vision which tended to be more noticeable with font or at night on the street signs and such... and only at a distance! My near-vision does not seem have double vision. So I won't notice it when reading a book, sitting at a computer, or the like.
Anyway, the double vision is constant now, mostly noticeable later in the evening. This double vision is noticed with or without pain/ discomfort. The double vision can be described as a ghost that is jumping out of whatever I am looking at. So the second image is usually on top of of the actual item. The distance seems to vary often. If I cover either eye, I still see the ghost-double vision. If I blink at whatever I'm noticing the double vision with, the distance between ghost and image changes and varies. Squinting my eyes seem to join the ghost and item together so my eyebrows get sore sometimes. I do a lot of squinting and avoiding looking at distances to avoid the double vision.
My lower eye lids are puffy, like I haven't gotten any sleep. I've been told by co-workers it looks like I've been crying the night before. I see floaters very often. Their shapes range from little squiggles to tiny transparent "donuts" shapes. Sometimes I get little white flashes or shooting stars in my eyesight. My eyes get to feeling achy often. The ache is usually located above my eyes, deep in the socket. I'd say my eyeballs get to feeling tender up in that area as well. Sometimes I get those little "eye explosions" and always behind/around my left eye. I call them eye explosions because they are a sudden exploding pain that catches me off guard but goes away just as quickly. There is sometimes a pulsing ache above my eye. Only lately did I start to get headaches that usually start with an ache in my left eye. These headaches hang out in my forehead. Sometimes my eyes, or the area around my eyes, just feels heavy like they are filled with sand.
Sometimes, I wake up with aching eyes. Sometimes the white area in my eye closest to the tear duct will get red because of the blood vessels or something. This usually goes away by the end of the day or by a couple days.
I've been to a few eye doctors who say my eyes look fine. I have astigmatism and my prescription is still good. (Although, my left eye vision is noticeably blurrier than my right eye vision.) I've had my double vision measured but the doctor isn't sure why this could be going on. An MRI scan didn't show anything alarming. Only a bit of a cyst on my pituitary gland. A blood test at the time showed my thyroid appeared to be in good order, although thyroid issues do run in my family.
I will be testing out some prism glasses soon for the double vision but before I invest in such expensive gear I was hoping to get a further span of insight on what could be plaguing my eyes and eyesight. I was told by the neurologist I was seeing that these are just migraines. However, I do not have light sensitivity. And the double vision is there with or without pain. The whole experience has been progressive and the headaches I do have are actually quite new compared to the other things. I feel bad for feeling this, but I can't help by feel like it is something more. Like whatever is bothering my eyes are actually the cause for whatever headaches I experience. The doctor that was measuring my double vision said he wasn't sure what the cause was, but suggested maybe a thyroid issue.
My apologies for sounding so winded! This is about an everyday annoyance of mine and like many, I do enjoy my eyesight. So really, any ideas, suggestions or course of actions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for you time in reading this.





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