What does it mean to have double vision?

I have been asked if I have "double vision". I always say no. However, recently I have noticed that if my mind strays or I am not really thinking about anything I can see two of everything ( like my eyes are crossed, excepted I am not doing it on purpose). I guess I have always done that but haven't put too much thought into it. If I focus my eyes I can see normally again. I have to "notice" that I am doing it or else it will just stay that way. I can atleast correct it. Is that what the doctors mean? Or do they mean something else?

I have something similar to what you are describing, Melissa, and I don't have an avm. Eyes that cross a bit when you are not actively focusing may just mean as it does in my case that the muscles on one side of the eye are slightly weaker than the other side. Double vision from an avm would, I imagine, be more severe and unable to be corrected by focusing. See http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/170634.php for more information.

There is a visual example on this page: http://www.brighamandwomens.org/Departments_and_Services/neurology/services/NeuroOphthamology/DoubleVision.aspx

I was thinking it may be something like that. Just thought I would ask to see if someone else did the same thing. I didn't really think it was related to my AVM. But, it never hurts to ask.

Glad you asked -- I always learn something new from member's questions.

I get terrible double vision. It’s like I can’t focus on anything even when trying. There aren’t necessarily 2 of something side by side. The objects I see are usually overlapping and make me sort of dizzy.

I had double vision, and it was basically seeing out of each eye individually instead of a fused image of both. Mine wouldn’t go away for hours, and I couldn’t correct it.