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chris wrote at 2007-10-16 13:31:35
Interesting enough I also have this problem. All my life I see million of red dots which get pretty bad at night, however during a eye test they gave me some real bad excuse (saying its a ocular migraine)however I started seeing them around I would say 10 years old and they haven't gone away since (20 now) its not bad I have not gone in for testing however it hasn't affected my vision. The only thing I have noticed is that they get bad when I get very tired (studying 2+ days for college).  


Adia wrote at 2009-12-12 17:40:21
When I was perhaps 9 or 10 I began seeing millions of bright millimeter sized red dots at night in the dark. In my peripheral vision, and if I focused my eyes strait ahead, I could just make out changing red squiggly forms. This continued until I decided that I didn't want to see the red dots anymore. So, I didn't see them for a long time. Then I decided that I wanted to see them again, so I could. Sounds weird, but I really think that seeing red dots is a mind/ brain phenomenon and not physical. Perhaps the brain is trying to make sense of a lack of sensory detail in a dark room. I think that if people thought about seeing red dots in the dark they could. For example, I've thought about seeing other forms in the dark like green dots, and did see green dots.  


Tiffany wrote at 2011-05-05 06:02:26
Wow, I am so happy to have found this site.  I am 28 years old and have the same case of seeing billions of red dots in the dark.  My vision is fine though and I wear glasses/contacts.  I've had this issue for as long as I could remember.  I did not tell anyone for the longest time because it sounds so strange.  I brought it up to my doctor and she did not give me any useful advice and had no patients with this issue.  I see these dots EVERY night and I do not have to be in complete darkness to see them.  I see them when I close my eyes too.  I have been wishing that these dots go away every, but they remain.  In my case, I do not believe you can simply wish to not see dots or see another color and that it will happen.  Maybe it is so in Adia's case.


Brian wrote at 2012-10-30 03:49:06
Thank you, exactly what I have been looking for, i can probably say this for every one but it has been happening your entire life but your brain was not fully developed enough to the point of noticing them. I am only 15 and i can notice them when i want to but for me i cant see them in the light or with anything bright near me, if it is pitch black i can see them like extremely well or if my eyes are closed i can see them. But i have the same problem and have yet to se an eye doctor and I kind of don't want to because I'm afraid he wont understand what I'm saying. So i would like some opinions or facts from you. Thank you.

         -Brian


Brian wrote at 2012-10-30 03:49:06
Thank you, exactly what I have been looking for, i can probably say this for every one but it has been happening your entire life but your brain was not fully developed enough to the point of noticing them. I am only 15 and i can notice them when i want to but for me i cant see them in the light or with anything bright near me, if it is pitch black i can see them like extremely well or if my eyes are closed i can see them. But i have the same problem and have yet to se an eye doctor and I kind of don't want to because I'm afraid he wont understand what I'm saying. So i would like some opinions or facts from you. Thank you.

         -Brian


Chris wrote at 2012-11-22 16:05:11
I just developed this problem last night. Scared the hell out of me because my family has a history of going blind. Technology has caught up with this problem. Seeing red dots (my mom said more like a brown color, I see them as red) are what retina specialist call "floaters". It has something to due with the retina, in her case it was detaching. I'm going to see a retina specialist by the end of the year, I'll let you know what it means to only see them at night. She saw them with her eyes wide open in daylight. She also saw what she described as a flashing light, and also black circles.  


Syd wrote at 2012-12-31 02:08:47
I only thought to look this up tonight, but I've also had these since I was a child and still have them.  I also gained a pair of glasses around that age, and now wear contacts.



I can easily ignore them, and have learned to do so over the years, but if I think about them, I can see them.  They usually seem to move or shift, and if I focus, I can make them appear bigger or smaller, or different colours.


TheManWhoSeesDots wrote at 2013-01-03 09:15:18
I'm so happy I finally decided to look this up. I experience the exact same anomaly as the rest of you, it's something that has been with me as long as I can remember. To be honest it has almost become comforting at this point in my life. One interesting note is that I am color blind(really a color differentiation problem) but these dots appear in more vivid color than I have ever experienced anything with my eyes open. Leading me to believe that it is a projection of the mind rather then a physical "problem"(for lack of a better word) with the eye.


TheManWhoSeesDots wrote at 2013-01-03 09:15:26
I'm so happy I finally decided to look this up. I experience the exact same anomaly as the rest of you, it's something that has been with me as long as I can remember. To be honest it has almost become comforting at this point in my life. One interesting note is that I am color blind(really a color differentiation problem) but these dots appear in more vivid color than I have ever experienced anything with my eyes open. Leading me to believe that it is a projection of the mind rather then a physical "problem"(for lack of a better word) with the eye.


TheManWhoSeesDots wrote at 2013-01-03 09:16:01
I'm so happy I finally decided to look this up. I experience the exact same anomaly as the rest of you, it's something that has been with me as long as I can remember. To be honest it has almost become comforting at this point in my life. One interesting note is that I am color blind(really a color differentiation problem) but these dots appear in more vivid color than I have ever experienced anything with my eyes open. Leading me to believe that it is a projection of the mind rather then a physical "problem"(for lack of a better word) with the eye.


gman wrote at 2013-04-12 07:04:17
I'm 42. My dots appear as hundreds of tiny red circles with dots inside them. (Like the Target logo.) They are impossible to focus on as they are constantly moving left to right, or downward. They scared the hell out of me when I was a kid. but now I can ignore them. They were first noticeable in darkness, but I can even see them in bright daylight if look for them. It's probably a harmless natural phenomena of the eye and we've just been more sensitive to noticing it.


shawnlabrawn wrote at 2014-04-14 08:11:49
Strange I see the dots at will. I see them rarely but when I have my eyes opened or closed in any lighting, I can create the dots at will. Ex. I think little red dots and focus then from the middle of my vision the Tony tiny little red dots appear and go through my whole vision almost like static from a t.v. anyone else the same???


Joanne wrote at 2014-09-14 06:52:19
Hi there, did you ever get an answer for the red dots? When I was 5 I used to see red dots in front my eyes, especially in the dark. I am 40 now and still see them. And I can also see the rain your daughter sees. I'd be intrigued if ever got an answer.



Many thanks

Joanne


madness wrote at 2015-09-04 10:34:07
The dots are not a physical abnormality. It's the power of the mind. Consider it a canvas for other things you could see if you focus. I've seen red dots since about the age of 8.Shortly after I started seeing other things in the center of my vision. Almost like a sphere which appeared to made of stone. Thats just what the texture reminded me of. Anyways, to the point, I think its just something a few of us can see and do. Explore it and keep your mind open.


Visual noise wrote at 2016-01-03 10:48:59
Glad I'm not the only one. It used to freak me out when I was a child. Now I use those dots for meditation.


Celia wrote at 2016-01-26 06:51:55
I just started seeing the red dots tonight.   I usually see tiny black dots all the time but these are different.  They are red and bigger than the other dots.  The other dots are still there just added to the black tiny ones.  They do not move so are not floaters.  Maybe we will find an answer or maybe we won't but at least we know we are not the only ones.  Thank you.  Celia  


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