Abducens palsy; Lateral rectus palsy; Vith nerve palsy; Cranial nerve VI palsy
If your health care provider diagnoses swelling or inflammation of, or around the nerve, medications called corticosteroids will be used.
Sometimes, the condition may disappear without treatment. People with diabetes may benefit from close control of blood sugar levels.
Until the nerve heals, wearing an eye patch will relieve double vision.
Treating the cause may improve the condition. Most people in whom no cause is found recover completely.
Complications may include permanent vision changes.
Call your health care provider if you have double vision.
Baloh RW. Neuro-ophthalmology. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2007:chap 450.
© 2011 University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). All rights reserved.
UMMC is a member of the University of Maryland Medical System,
22 S. Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. TDD: 1-800-735-2258 or 1.866.408.6885