This is silly and not usually the type of thing I put on my blog, but of recent I’ve been trying to find the name (if one exists) for a visual phenomena I’ve had since I was a kid.
In the center of my vision, I can often see a ‘cluster of bubbles’, much like a 2d atomic nucleus. It seems to exist out in space rather than ‘on’ my eye and has the general color and feel of phosphene/closed eye hallucinations. It is eye independant and persists with my eyes closed. It seems to move and flicker when I’m noticing it, otherwise it’s often invisible. I can see it the most when it’s dark.
As a kid I thought it was like a ghost or something, and my little kid brain would make it seem bigger or make me think it was flying around (as my eyes moved around, steering it). For the most part as I got older I didn’t give it much thought and I could go months without thinking about it or noticing it but I’ve just recently gotten super interesting to find out if it’s a “thing” people have. I’ve talked to a few people who have described something similar but not many.
Things it’s probably not:
Floaters: I see floaters too and it’s definitely not floaters. Floaters don’t ‘animate’ or flicker and the illusion I see is eye independant.
Haidinger’s Brush: Though it might be related. I see more than 4 ‘points’ quite often and again, works best in the opposite conditions as the brush. That said, I might be seeing the same cause (blue/yellow describes the color well and like the Brush, exists center on the macula). When I first read about the brush I was like “THATS IT” but apparently not
Detached Retina Particles: Again, eye independant and exists in darkness.
Scintillating Scotoma: Illustrations seem crazy different and I’ve never had migraines.
Anyways, if any of you can see this, feel free to tell me! I’d find it very interesting! If you know if it’s a named phenomena with an explanation, I will be even more thrilled!