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when you close your eyes, you see:

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people see stuff when they close their eyes

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@Mainebot Now if we cover them we get static.

I think we /used/ to get merging colorfields but I don't see that right now, hm.

@IceWolf @Mainebot I think the red comes from light going through your eyelids

@Mainebot usually merging colourfields, sometimes with bright spots. In rare cases I get caleidoscopic geometric patterns.

@anke @Mainebot any idea what the patterns are?

Do you see a sort of...dot grid...sometimes too?

@eryn @anke @Mainebot it happens when your ocular nerve/receptors get(s) squeezed bc that causes them to mis-fire.

@Mainebot uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i'm afraid i gotta take a third (ok, fifth) option on this one

i see black or near-black but with a very distinct white-or-near-white-color static pattern overlaid. the static pattern stays when i open my eyes so it's more of the same and most of the time i'm able to easily tune it out, as it were.

visual snow, everybody!

fortunately i don't have it very BAD, so most of the time i honestly forget i even have it. the only time it really gets annoying is if i'm trying to look at the stars at night.

@Mainebot just persistent snow all the dang time LOL. which is nice because it's very easy to tune out!

it interacts a little with the migraine auras i think, but the migraine auras are also still extremely distinct from the constant visual snow.

it's a weird one for sure, and i am probably going to be throwing your results off by being the spiders georg lmfao

@Mainebot shifting clouds of dark neon maroon and teal blending into a black background.

@Mainebot@octodon.social Selected merging fields, by which I mean a very low contrast black & white (actually dark redish-brown and dark grey) version of what I'd been seeing before closing them. Slowly becoming more abstract.

@Mainebot mostly staticy black, with fading afterimages of things I could see before closing my eyes as clouds of dark purple which gradually lose focus and disperse. once they fade, it's just the staticy black with occasional tiny, pinprick flashes of individual sparks of colored light that are gone too quickly to track.

@Mainebot it's not all the time but sometimes the swirly fuzz turns into a plane of fractals and idk wtf that's about

@Mainebot marking all that apply:

There's a black backdrop, with warmer color fields where the baaarest hint of light is seeping through, and bright spots of blues, greens, or purples wherever i'd just been looking at a light directly, which iridescently shift into each other color the longer i keep my eyes closed.

@Mainebot depends entirely on if I saw a bright light or got poked in the eye or anything before closing my eyes... So I checked all the boxes :bowie_laugh:

@Mainebot I usually see a uniform dark grey to black, but if there are bright lights I might see pale pink to reddish blobs.

When I had a scratched cornea and had to wear a patch over one eye I would see bright light displays, like fireworks but without gravity effects, when I closed my eyes at night. A friend who had lost his sight told me he saw the same and it was called "sensory deprivation hallucinations."

@Mainebot no one answer covers everything, with us anyway. we observe a lot of complex changes and shifts in our "phosphenes" (as such closed-eye light patterns are called). point events (starlike flashes, usually brief but sometimes lingering, and of different colors) are a common thing.

@Mainebot Mostly black with streaky grey/light sections.

@erinbee do you ever think the difference in what people see when they close their eyes is somehow reflected in how they see when their eyes are open?

@Mainebot Probably! Eyes are complex. (I'm betting I see smears and streaks because I have double vision, tbh)

@Mainebot

Color fields with like an interference pattern over it

@Mainebot I get the almost-static more than anything else, but also I have these faint golden rings too that dimly flash

@Mainebot I chose the second one bc it's the most accurate but really, I just see nothing, unless there's a bright light source, then I see the blood in my eyelids.

@Mainebot oh and if my eye nerves/receptors are irritated then it's bright colorful lights or like the "snow effect" some people are mentioning.

@Mainebot depends how hard you close your eyes and how long you wait and how much you pay attention?

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