Info for Noory caller who sees small red dots

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Al, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. Al

    Al Guest

    On the October 1 Coast To Coast program, a caller told George Noory
    he's been seeing small red dots in front of his eyes since childhood.
    He wanted to know if anyone had the same experience. I think I know
    exactly what he means and I asked the same question on Usenet years
    ago.

    Below is a repost from 1998 which yielded no answers. The dots have
    always seemed benign to me and I think they're a function of
    electrical activity in the retina, but most people aren't attuned to
    it. I first noticed the dots when I was about 12. They can only be
    seen when you focus in your mind or behind your eyelids, so to speak.
    They are so small that several hundred thousand could fit in your
    field of view. I rarely notice them except when deliberately trying,
    so the Noory caller may have a more pronounced sensitivity. Seeing the
    dots is partially like trying to resolve those Magic Eye 3-D pictures,
    but they are best seen with eyes closed at night. -Al-

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    Newsgroups: sci.med.vision
    From: (Al) [non-working email address]
    Date: 1998/12/16
    Subject: Tiny red dots seen with eyes closed

    When I close my eyes, especially in darkness, and mentally focus
    on a certain plane inside the eyelids I see a field of very small
    bright red dots which seem to have black centers. They are razor
    sharp at the edges and so small that hundreds or thousands fill the
    entire field of vision. The spacing of the dots is like a dense,
    starry sky, but a lot more uniform. Each one seems to be the same
    size, but they are in a constant state of flux like snow on a TV
    screen, so I can't lock onto one and study it.

    I noticed this the first time maybe 25 years ago (aged 35 now). It's
    not an obvious phenomenon if you don't seek it out. My vision has
    always been 20/20. I can't be "seeing" these dots with my lenses
    since nothing could be that sharply focused behind the eyelids.

    Can anyone else duplicate this? Might these be electrical impulses
    being picked up by the retina?

    Al
     
    Al, Oct 1, 2005
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  2. Al

    Al Guest

    This was also reposted for sci.med.vision, which may be an equal waste
    of time. It was just interesting to hear that someone else had seen
    these specks of red light. It's a very real phenomenon, not Art Bell
    fringe guest material.

    Al
     
    Al, Oct 2, 2005
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