Double Vision

Dear Clients of Dr. Kimberly Cockerham,

About 3 months ago I woke up one morning with double vision. I could not bring the two images from my eyes together. It was very unnerving to say the least. Thinking it might be a short temporary thing, I didn’t go to the doctor for 2 days. Since it was not getting better, I went to my eye doctor who believed that I had Sixth Nerve Palsy and that it would take months to correct on its own if ever. He first referred me to Dr. Cockerham to confirm his suspicion & to get me further help. He also had me start wearing a patch over one eye. It helped, but I lost depth perception & felt disoriented most of the time & dizzy occasionally, but it allowed me to drive and function more comfortably. However, I still felt disconnected from the world for the most part. Most importantly, for me anyway, was that I did not feel comfortable riding my motorcycle which is one of my biggest stress relievers. All sorts of things ran through my head about having to change everything I did in my life. That thought truly saddened me.

After meeting with Dr. Cockerham for the first time, she started to rule out all the possible “bad” causes for this condition and after some blood work & MRI it was determined that I probably had a “mini” stroke from unknown causes. She then assigned some eye exercises and gave me the option of having Botox injections. She informed me that the amount of Botox to use would be guess work, and it may take more than one injection. So, two weeks later, I went for my first injection. The preparation (i.e. no vitamins, ibuprofen, etc.) was much worse than the actual procedure. I was in and out within 2 hours with no discomfort whatsoever. I was amazed that immediately after surgery, I could already tell that my vision was somewhat better, even though it takes about a week to be fully effective. After that first week, I returned to Dr. Cockerham and it was determined that one more shot would be required. So, two weeks later, I returned for my second injection and 7 days later, saw the doctor for another evaluation. She felt that no more injections were needed as my eyes were now tracking more evenly. I eliminated the patch to see how I would do. I was able to function with only a little difficulty. Now it has been another month or so & I am back to doing everything I had done before the onset of this condition. I am riding my bike, bowling, hiking, and trying to improve my life style which needed changing anyway. I am not quite 100% but that, I am told, should come back in time. Do not live with this condition if you have it, there are too many good options to correct it. Dr. Cockerham will explain your options in a friendly & intelligent manner. Thank you Dr. Cockerham.


Ed Ramsauer


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