As I watched the neighbor walk her dog today, I remembered that last year I shared an experience with you about my aglet. One thing led to the next while I sat staring out the window and before I knew it, this post was born.
I think we have all experienced this…
When you put pressure on your eyes by doing something like rubbing them, sneeze, hold your nose to prevent a sneeze, cough really hard, blow your nose, faint or get hit on the head, you can see those sparkly thingies. Sometimes people say that you are seeing stars. Medical science has a name for everything and “sparkly thingies” isn’t the name. Those flashes of light you see are called phosphenes. The “proper” definition is, “A sensation of light caused by excitation of the retina by mechanical or electrical means rather than by light.”
So you aren’t going crazy or imagining those things in your eyes. It’s just phosphenes.
Have you rubbed your eyes yet so that you could see them?
Uh huh. Sure you haven’t. I believe you.
I’m a professional at unintentionally creating phosphenes because I faint at the sight of my own blood. I can watch movies like Rambo and Die Hard with blood all over the place, but watch me pass clean out if I cut my finger. The phosphenes will appear and I will instantly drop as low to the floor as possible before I pass out. I should have been born in the era when fainting couches were popular.
Alright. I’ll shut up now so you can rub your eyes and look at your phosphenes.
Wait! Before you start creating the phosphenes, pay attention to the color they appear to be and share it with us. Some people only see white and some see colors. I almost exclusively see white, blurry phosphenes, but there are occasional red and blue ones scattered about too.
Of course I rubbed my eyes before I typed this post. It has been awhile since I fainted and I wanted to make sure I remembered my phosphenes correctly.
Okay, now you can go rub your eyes.