Double Vision Los Angeles - Hollywood Vision Center

Double Vision Los Angeles

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We Provide Quality Care for Diplopia (Double Vision)

Our doctors at the Hollywood Vision Center – Optometry can provide a comprehensive treatment plan to help improve your double vision.

Double vision can be temporary, or it can be the result of a serious, even life threatening condition.

If you experience a sudden onset of double vision, along with other medical symptoms such as impaired speech, loss of coordination, severe headache, loss of consciousness, numbness or paralysis of one side of your body, or loss of side vision, call 911 immediately because it may be a medical emergency.

If your vision became double gradually, it could still mean a serious health problem so it is imperative to call us to have any double vision checked. It could also signify a decreasing ability to compensate for a longstanding eye drift due to age, stress or fatigue.

Temporary double vision can result from things like fatigue and severe intoxication. This may indicate that you have a slight eye misalignment that is not noticeable cosmetically. Your brain may be subconsciously compensating which leads to fatigue, eye strain, and decreased productivity.

Double vision can also result from a more serious problem such as:

  • Stroke or cerebrovascular accident
  • Third nerve palsy that results from diabetes
  • Traumatic or acquired brain injury (from sports, car or other moving vehicle accident, sharp blow to the head, etc.)
  • Brain tumor
  • Orbital fracture or trapped eye muscle (resulting from head injury, car accident, etc.)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Diabetes

Conditions that cause double vision include:

  • Strabismus: (also known as “cross-eyed” or “wall-eyed”), which is characterized by the inability to align the eyes. One or both eyes may turn in any direction.
  • Exophoria: (convergence insufficiency) or Esophoria (convergence excess): eyes that tend to drift in or out.The eyes can be held straight for short periods, but with excessive effort, and wasted energy which causes eyestrain or headaches.This can be aggravated by a demanding visual workload such as heavy computer use, desk work, or intense studying. If the eyes are already working hard to compensate for the eye drift, prolonged use of the eyes can fatigue the eye muscles to the point of seeing ghost images, images that appear to move, or double vision. These problems are fairly common, and treatment is very effective.
  • Fusional: instability: poor sensory ability to fuse the two images from both eyes together to form a single, 3-dimensional image. This may result in ghost images, unstable images, poor depth perception, or intermittent double vision.
  • Astigmatism: optical problem resulting from incorrect focus of images on the retina. This can usually be easily corrected by glasses or contact lenses.
  • Dry eyes: can cause double vision when the tear layer is not smooth due to poor or insufficient tears
Side effects of untreated Double Vision

If your double vision goes untreated, you can experience visual confusion, which can be hazardous. This can result in clumsiness, impaired balance, and poor 3D vision or depth perception which can be particularly dangerous while driving or operating machinery. Your ability to localize where objects are in space is compromised, which can affect your eye hand coordination in sports (such as catching or hitting a ball in baseball, free throws in basketball, tennis). It can also affect other everyday activities, such as parallel parking, and judging the depth of stairs while walking.

The first step is to call us. Dr. Brisco did a Post Doctorate Fellowship in Developmental and Binocular Vision. We have helped many patients regain their ability to use their eyes together to see single, and even have depth perception. Once it’s been determined that there are no health-related reasons causing the double vision, treatment options include Vision Therapy, patching, and strabismus surgery.

Vision Therapy is a type of physical therapy that works on eye muscle control and coordination to improve eye muscle alignment. It is highly effective and has been proven to improve visual motor input and visual processing. During your weekly visits with one of our Vision Therapists, you will learn to use your eyes together as a team to improve eye alignment, depth perception, and eye hand coordination.

Strabismus surgery is another treatment option. It involves cutting the eye muscles and re-inserting them on the eye in a different position to straighten the eye. The effectiveness of surgery depends on the muscles involved, the direction of the eye turn, and the amount of the eye turn. We understand that each individual case is different, and we treat is as such. Vision Therapy is recommended in conjunction with surgery to retrain the brain how to use the eyes together as a team, and how to see 3-dimensional images, etc. This increases the likelihood of success.

Surgery may decrease the amount of an eye turn cosmetically. However, Vision Therapy is still vitally important and integral in order to train the eyes to work together, and to stimulate the weaker eye to track and fixate. Surgery usually requires multiple operations unless Vision Therapy is done to train the brain how to use the eyes together. You wouldn’t very well get knee surgery without going through Physical Therapy, would you? Just the same, you cannot get an effective and functional cure without doing therapy to improve eye muscle control and coordination.

If you have any questions regarding double vision, please call our office at (323) 521-4770 for an appointment with one of our highly experienced and caring doctors. We also offer complimentary 5 minute consultations to determine if you should come in for a full evaluation to help you or your child. At the Hollywood Vision Center, we see our patients as our extended family. If you are experiencing double vision in Los Angeles, CA, we will plan an effective treatment to help you see and be your best.

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Very friendly staff and personable patient care

I experienced very friendly staff and personable patient care. I felt there was genuine concern for my visual health.

Aaron M.

Best eye doctor in Los Angeles

Dr. Elise Brisco is by far the best eye doctor in Los Angeles. She is extremely knowledgable in her area of expertise and I am confident in her abilities. In addition, she is one of the rare doctors who actually knows you by name. If you are looking for the best, a visit to Hollywood Vision is highly recommended!

Jenine M.

Very pleased with the service

I get my glasses at Hollywood Vision Center Optometry, and I am very pleased with the service. They have an excellent selection of frames, and the staff are very pleasant and professional.”

C. Hudley

Professionalism and Personal Care

15 years with HVCO, and always with the same superlative service, analysis and treatment. Dr. Brisco is a great combination of professionalism and personal care. I never feel rushed and everything is explained. Plus, an attentive, knowledgeable, supportive staff.

B. Rayman

Amazing Experience

I had an amazing experience with Dr.Brisco, she is not only a great doctor but also a wonderful human being. She is incredibly experienced and intelligent but also very empatheric and full of humanity. I had tried contacts before but couldn’t tolerate them. She not only found a design that worked for me but answered my questions and concerns in a way that other optometrists hadn’t been able to. I am so glad that I found her, it really changes your experience of the world and of life in general to be able to see clearly on a daily basis.

Karla O.

Great Place to Visit

As always, the office is a great place to visit. The staff is friendly and you can tell they’ve been working smoothly together for a long time.. I loved seeing Dr. Brisco’s delightful son, who is adorable. The doctor herself is, as always, gracious, professional and warm. While you know she’s moving things along I never feel rushed and it’s always nice to see what she’s wearing, as she’s got a great sense of style. My new glasses work very well, and that’s always a plus!

Marie L.

Excellent service!

Excellent service! This was my first visit to Dr. Brisco’s office and my first eye exam ever! I was well informed of every test performed and was highly involved in the overall process. I will definitely be keeping Dr. Brisco as my optometrist and also referring her to my friends and family. With the help of her staff I left with 2 stylish pair of frames and smile on my face. They are great! No complaints over here.

Seinya M., Los Angeles

Excellent service, excellent attention.

Excellent service, excellent attention.

V. Ravine

Thank you Dr. Brisco.

Thank you Dr. Brisco. I’ve always been scared to get my eyes checked but you made me feel very comfortable and made me understand how important it is to get my eyes checked yearly. I would also like to say that I felt glad you checked my sons eyes, I know he is only 10 months old but for my son I want the best and I’m very aware that part of learning for kids comes very much from vision. Thank you for making my first eye exam experience the best.

Cynthia L., Los Angeles

Would recommend to anyone

Our entire family has been coming to see Dr. Brisco for years and we have been thrilled with her services. Would recommend to anyone!!!

yelp-square-social JL S.

Dr. Brisco and her team took great care

As always, Dr. Brisco and her team took great care in meeting all of my vision needs. Dr. Brisco is caring, thorough and genuine. Her knowledge and understanding of her craft is unparalleled. My eyes are my livelihood and with Dr. Brisco gives me the best care possible.

Salvatore C., Encino

They are the best

They are the best. Dr. Brisco is an expert in vision therapy. I have been getting vision therapy this year and is helping alot.  Cee Cee has been providing the vision therapy and she has been amazing. As an attorney I need to be able to read accurately and so glad they are here to help.

  Janeen S. - Honolulu, HI yelp-square-social

Very friendly and an excellent listener

I saw Dr. Brisco for my post-lasik checkups and found her very friendly and an excellent listener. I had a minor hemorrhage (the laser tagged a small blood vessel during surgery) post surgery and Dr. Brisco answered all of my questions and concerns.

yelp-square-social Marion L.

Thanks Hollywood Vision Center

Things are getting better since my last experience. Over the course of a year, Hollywood vision center got their customer service act together.

I have had a pleasant experience directly with the Dr and Julie. They made sure my questions were answered and took the time to make sure that all is well even after my move to Sacramento.

Thanks Hollywood Vision Center

  Eli M. - Sacramento, CA yelp-square-social

Very friendly and an excellent listener

Best eye exam. My son is 14 months old and Dr. Brisco was pretty thorough on why it was important for him to get his eyes checked, thank goodness to her expertise my son came out clean he does not have any vision problems which was my concern because I am near sighted with astigmatism. My wife also had her first eye exam ever and she was extremely happy. Once again thank you Dr. Brisco and staff.

yelp-square-social Marion L.

Very Friendly Staff and The Doctor

Very friendly staff and the doctor she's very insightful. .will recommend this place to anyone also great selection in glasses !!!

  Jenny O. - Chatsworth, CAyelp-square-social

Wow! Was I surprised to find an Integrative optometrist

Wow! Was I surprised to find an Integrative optometrist! I’m all about cutting edge medicine and this is one more addition to my group of caregivers. I’d been hearing about Dr. Brisco from a few people, so I made an appointment. The office is lovely, the staff is amazing, kind, helpful, and they explain everything before they do it.

yelp-square-social Wendy K.

Dr, BRISCO, is one of the best optometrists

Dr, BRISCO, is one of the best optometrists that i have ever been to. The staff there is so pleasant they all make sure you understand everything
I went to Dr. Brisco 16 years ago and thought I lost her when I found her I was so happy because before that I had gone to Len Crafter who I feel ruined my eyes the exam was so quick. Dr Brisco is one of the best in explaining what is going on I would advise anyone that needs an eye dr to visit them.

  Mary G. - Los Angeles, CAyelp-square-social

A special “thank you” to Dr. Brisco

A special “thank you” to Dr. Brisco and the staff who helped me in transitioning through a medical challenge. Knowing you are there for me gave me extra strength to continue my fight. God bless!

Patricia A.


The absolute BEST EXPERIENCE I've ever had! Dr. Brisco is not only tops in her filed, her attention to detail and your piece of mind ensured that we had a great experience with new eyes. Whether you want to get your eyes checked or have the latest procedures, Dr. Brisco and her team rock the socks off LA!

  Fireball Tim L. - Malibu, CAyelp-square-social

Dr. Brisco is the best

Dr. Brisco is the best. She has been my optometrist since I moved to LA in ’98.

Bryan G.

Extremely Knowledgeable

Dr Brisco gave my daughter and I the best and most thorough eye exam we have ever had. She is extremely knowledgeable and works very hard with you to get the best vision possible. I would recommend her to everyone and especially to anyone who has problem eyes – either from age, allergies, just plain bad vision – whatever. She will get you to the best you can be.

M. Hyatt

Thank you, Elise Brisco

It is wonderful to see a Dr who really cares, is thorough, smart, solves problems and is so conscientious about looking over how my vision has changed over the years so that it can be understood. She has really made it possible for me to continue to function in a visual word–both professionally and personally. Thank you, Elise Brisco.

yelp-square-social Amanda P.

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