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Here is a quick mnemonic “DIPLOPIA EYE to remember about Double Vision (Diplopia)

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, MBBS, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT, MCAT & NCLEX exams

Double Vision (Diplopia) : How To Remember Easily ?

  • D – Diplopia persists in either eye after the opposite eye is covered.
  • I – Intrinsic causes of monocular diplopia include corneal aberrations, uncorrected refractive error, cataract, or foveal traction.
  • P – Monocular diplopia may be a symptom of malingering or psychiatric disease.
  • L – Limitation of ocular excursions is often difficult to detect, even with motility testing.
  • O – Ocular misalignment causing binocular diplopia disrupts ocular alignment.
  • P – Partial vertical displacement or side-by-side double vision should be investigated.
  • I – Inquiry into the nature of double vision should include mode of onset, duration, intermittency, diurnal variation, and associated symptoms.
  • A – Assessment of ocular motility may reveal deficiencies corresponding to the patient’s symptoms.
  • E – Examination using a cover test provides a more sensitive method for detecting ocular misalignment.
  • Y – You should conduct the cover test in primary gaze and with the head turned and tilted in each direction.
  • E – Eyes into left gaze may maximize the fixation shift evoked by the cover test.


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