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Have you ever noticed you can actually see cells on your eye surface while looking at, for example, a bright light?

If I look at a bright light, I can see small dust particles and cells on my eye surface. I once noticed a wiggling bacterium (a bacillus) too. How about you? I know this sounds strange, but many people I know have also told me about this.

49Yes, I have.
12No, I haven't.
14I can see these things, but I don't think they're cells.
12I have something else to say about this.

posted 31-Jan-2002 2:34am  
I don't intentionally look at bright lights as I have cataracts and it's too painful to do that. The only thing I've ever noticed are "floaters."
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 31-Jan-2002 2:58am  
What are those "floaters"?
(reply to skylark) posted 31-Jan-2002 3:01am  
Those things you see floating across the surface of your eyes from time to time. They are usually just things like dust particles on the eye surface.
posted 31-Jan-2002 7:46am  
Yes, I love it too. Its quite fascinating really. (God I must lead a boring life!)
(reply to Dino) posted 31-Jan-2002 7:48am  
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posted 31-Jan-2002 9:59am  
yes, but they're called "floaters" and they're suspended in the fluid inside your eye, they're not cells. Check Dr Weil's article on them.
posted 31-Jan-2002 10:00am  
I can't see cells, but I do see a moving spot sometimes. The eye doctor told me that those are called "floaters". I forgot the technical term for what it is, but he said that it is a nerve/muscle/something that is connected before you are born and is disconnected shortly after birth. Some people can see it and I happen to be one of them.
It's never bothered me though. I like to play with it when I can see it.
(reply to romkey) posted 31-Jan-2002 10:01am  
that's not what my doctor said floaters are...I wonder if ND doc's are full of crap.
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(reply to Oscar) posted 31-Jan-2002 10:02am  
huh... well it's possible Dr. Weil is full of crap too, although he's usually not very craptastic... I've heard his explanation from others but not other doctors...
(reply to romkey) posted 31-Jan-2002 10:06am  
I can't remember now where I read it but I remember reading about this somewhere. What I read was that it had something to do with conception.
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(reply to Oscar) posted 31-Jan-2002 10:15am  
maybe your doctor was talking about very minor retinal defects... that seems like a reasonable explanation too
(reply to romkey) posted 31-Jan-2002 10:25am  
The way I understood, it wasn't a defect. Just something left over from being in the womb, like a belly button. smiley:::smile
(reply to Oscar) posted 31-Jan-2002 10:51am  
yeah thats what I heard it was something like that.
posted 31-Jan-2002 10:55am  
Um, no.
posted 31-Jan-2002 11:16am  
I know what you're talking about, but if they're cells or not, I don't know. And I don't have to look at bright lights.
posted 31-Jan-2002 11:56am  
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posted 31-Jan-2002 12:22pm  
I didn't think they were cells. Is the lense of the eye really capable of magnifying things that much?
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posted 31-Jan-2002 12:33pm  
I seriously doubt you saw a bacterium on your eyeball.
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 31-Jan-2002 1:32pm  
I am absolutely sure about the bacterium.
posted 31-Jan-2002 5:38pm  
The only time I pay attention to what's in or out of my eyes is contacts placement in the morning and removal at night. Oh yeah--I also throw tantrums whenever I get a bit of mascara and it hurts like the Devil has PMS.
posted 31-Jan-2002 11:07pm  
I have often wondered what the "shooting stars" are that I see when I over-strain myself or hit my head on something, or bend over and come up too suddenly. They look for all the world like what sperm cells look like under a microscope, wriggling and twisting this way and that for about a second before my vision normalizes again. They all move in random directions, and seem to shoot like shooting stars in slow motion. And when looking into a bright light, I can see an aura in my eye of little granular things that seem to circulate in a toroid pattern.
I assume these things are natural phenomena, not like the piece of flotsam that occasionally swims across my vision, appearing hazily everywhere I look, moving only slightly each time my eye moves.

Great survey question. I always wondered how many other people silently wondered about this, and whether any opthamologists out there could explain it to us.
posted 2-Feb-2002 8:26pm  
No, but I've noticed being able to see bacteria on my eyes when I am underwater... maybe some protozoa too.
posted 3-Feb-2002 3:02am  
Nope! Never ahd that happen to me.....yet.
posted 3-Feb-2002 6:40am  
I'm very near-sighted, and when I look at artificial light (such as light bulbs) with my glasses off, I see a kind of "swiss cheese" pattern on the blurry bright spots. Sometimes, this pattern is moving, but it's mostly stable.

I've also noticed that when *really* bright light enters my eyes from the side, I can see my own retina, complete with tiny blood vessels and the blind spot.
posted 3-Feb-2002 7:20pm  
Is that what --
Yeah! It just dawned on me, sometimes people have, in their periphery, something that looks like a what I can only think of as being like a meteor shower. Those are dead cells.
posted 3-Feb-2002 9:29pm  
posted 5-Feb-2002 1:44am  
I see them when I'm looking down the microscope, but I don't think they're cells. It's usually just dust.
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posted 5-Feb-2002 12:14pm  
bacteria, and cells in general, are really really small - most bacteria are less than 0.00004 inches long. I'm with Enheduanna, I don't think it's at all likely that any of you are seeing cells or bacteria. I think you're seeing things that you're interpreting as cells or bacteria.
(reply to romkey) posted 6-Feb-2002 3:45am  
I know. But they're right on the surface of my eye... And I'm very near-sighted... I'm not saying I am able to see bacteria with the naked eye from a distance, for I am not. But in this case there's no distance. And I've seen such a bacillus only once.
posted 10-Feb-2002 12:41am  
Those, my friend, aren't really cells. They are floating solid matter that's in the plasmic centre of your eye - think of it as debris inside a Cadbury Cream Egg... do you Americans have those at Easter time?
anyway, an interesting thing to note is that it is impossible to look at these "floaters" as they are rarely in your line of sight. The one I sometimes see is just to the left of my line of sight, so when I try to look at it, the mofo keeps moving!!
posted 14-Feb-2002 11:51pm  
Never heard anything so ridiculous in my life. What drugs are u taking and where can i get some? smiley:::wink
(reply to Puddin) posted 16-Feb-2002 5:55am  
Well then you have missed a lot! I was totally sober when I noticed the germ!

Btw, ask your local dealer. We don't ship "skylarks" to foreign locations. Yet.
posted 19-Feb-2002 6:59pm  
For real? Cool.
(reply to skylark) posted 19-Feb-2002 7:55pm  
the germ?? rofllf what are u doing looking into bright lights anyway - doing thats enough to send anyone mad...which explains a helluva lot
(reply to Puddin) posted 20-Feb-2002 7:18am  
Hell yeah. You must know better... smiley:::smile
posted 20-Feb-2002 4:45pm  
I can see those things and, they're nerves.
(reply to Dino) posted 21-Feb-2002 10:55am  
Not a boring life - just a life where you take the time to appreciate everything around you.
(reply to skylark) posted 24-Feb-2002 6:54pm  
smiley:::raspberry can't think of any witty retort - but if you want to see "germs" in your eyes than i won't criticise - whatever gets u thru life is ok by me smiley:::wink
posted 28-Feb-2002 8:04am  
I have seen the cells. I also saw all these veins and actually saw the blood
posted 16-Mar-2002 5:10pm  
YEAYEAYEA! I thought i was alone!!!!!!
(reply to day4nite) posted 27-Apr-2002 5:45am  
We do have Cadbury Eggs here smiley:::smile
(reply to skylark) posted 27-Apr-2002 5:46am  
I had never even thought to look before this survey, but now I'm dying to sneak off to a mirror.....smiley:::smile
posted 1-Dec-2007 5:02pm  
Ever since I was little I have seen the things you refer to. When a small child I called it an 'airplane'. That, of course made no since to anybody. As I have grown and learned I can see now the similarity between what I am looking at and microscopic bacteria. What bothers me is that they seem to be increasing. I can't get a satisfactory answer even from an eye doctor. I've mentioned the phenomenon to a few people, some of whom were medical people. All too often, the responses are silly and dismissive, like a lot of the ones you got when you asked the question initially. I was hoping to find something on the internet today and found this site. I wish the dumb ones who haven't experienced something would just keep their opinions to themselves instead of trying to say it doesn't exist. The one guy told you not to look at bright lights for cryin' out loud! How useful was that? Was that supposed to be witty or something? Jeez...
posted 21-Nov-2008 9:00pm  
Last night I couldn't sleep, so there I lay staring at a pinprick of my light without my glasses. To any near-sighted person including myself, a pinprick of light without glasses appears as a blurred halo of light. The halo pulsated, growing smaller and larger as my eyes naturally adjusted their focal point repeatedly back and forth. I thought, "Hey, maybe if I can will my focal point to change enough, the halo of light will eventually converge to a single point and I won't be near-sighted anymore!" But I couldn't do it.

So then I had a better idea. I wondered, "Are there more details inside this 'blurry' halo?" I directed my attention to the details of the "blur," and found that it was not blurry at all. The halo was actually composed of tiny circles. I thought to myself, "This looks uncannily similar to what I would see under a microscope slide in high school biology." I looked more closely at the tiny circles. I blinked. They moved.

Naturally, I was skeptical. Hell, if someone told me they could see cells in their eyes and wrote this note, I wouldn't believe them at all. But gradually, after staring and blinking a lot, I became convinced that these were, indeed, CELLS ON THE TIP OF MY PUPIL. By staring at a fixed light in darkness, I essentially turned my eye into a LIGHT MICROSCOPE, with the slide being the tip of my pupil. I think it only works because I am severely near-sighted.

By the way, these are not "floaters." If you tell me I am seeing floaters I will punch you in the face. I've noticed floaters since I was 5.

You can see cells too! (But only if you're severely near-sighted, like -900 or more). Here are some easy steps!

1. Make sure the room is dark.
2. Take off your glasses.
3. Cover one eye (if you leave both eyes uncovered you will be seeing cells from both eyes at the same time, which would be confusing).
4. Stare at a pinprick of medium-brightness light about 5 feet away (this should appear as a blurry halo).
5. Focus on this light for a minute or so. Try to catch what's going on inside the blur.
6. Close your eye exactly half-way such that your eyelid is covering half of the halo of light. You should now be seeing the bottom semi-circle half of the halo.
7. Open your eyelid all the way. Notice the WATER MARK you left behind on the halo (it should appear as a thick double-membrane line dividing the halo). This should be enough to convince you that what you are seeing is in your eye on the cell level, not in the light.
8. If you're still not convinced, blink a lot. Notice how the cells at the top layer move and slide with the blink, and momentum carries them forward as it should, but they slow down due to a viscosity in the liquid they live in. Also notice that deeper-layered cells remain stationary.

Enjoy, if you're near-sighted.
posted 12-Mar-2009 10:35pm  
Yeah I have these. found this thread while looking around google to see if i could find *anything* about it... anyone i'd asked would just dismiss it or just not give a crap. funny how it seems relatively rare and unexplained. surely the eye doesn't have the power or precision to actually magnify cells?! i feel special. we should form a club and hold meetings to discuss it, get tshirts made and go on day trips to the zoo.
posted 2-Apr-2009 4:57am  
Yes i have seen the the things you are talking about. Weather they are cells or not is another question. I know they are not floaters as these are extremely large and are simple pieces of dust or dirt that caught on your eye.

What we are seeing here is something different, hundreds of little (cells?) that are moving around in different patterns seemingly randomly (like Brownian Motion).

I think people here are getting confused between the two things because of the ambiguity of the question. but it would be good to find an answer to what this is. (I have been looking on Google and that's how I got here).
posted 2-Apr-2009 5:04am  
I cant edit my post, but i just wanted to add that i have 20/20 vision and I can see them when looking at a bright light (usually on a sunny day). Although obviously not looking at the sun! Don't do that...

Also if it helps the mystery I am quite sensitive to light, and use blue overlays to help my reading (because of dyslexia). Not sure if this helps, but seems only a few people see this and i would like to know what it is.
posted 17-Mar-2010 10:18am  
I am EXTREMELY near sighted, like 400/20, when I'm not wearing my glasses or contacts lights are just a perfectly round blur to me but only pin-point lights (like the halos around street lights after swimming in chlorine but no rainbows). I have icicle christmas lights around my room and each circle of light it magnifies the farther away I am. Every time I blink looking at the circles I see the swimming "cells", bacterium looking shapes, some round some rod shaped. Your eyelashes hold dust and sometimes even microscopic mites and if I squint and see the lashes through the light I can see the dust on them and when I open my eyes again I see the line the lid left across my lens.
I've worn glasses since I was 13, this phenomenon amazes me and Ive never looked anything up about it until today, curious how anyone felt about this. I know what floaters are and that is not what I see... somehow my blindness creates a magnification. I can sometimes watch the cells shrink if I hold my eyes open for too long, as they dry out. The human body is amazing!
posted 19-Mar-2010 5:16pm  
I have seen (what I've learned to call in public) "dust" particles, magnified greatly within my eyes since I was 8 years old. I'm 49 and still see them, but they are indeed quite odd and no one has believed me yet. They look like cells to me. Usually round dark dots encircled many times in thin lines. Like an atom, sort of. They are geometrical in nature, always forming some kind of triangle. Some have the hues of the rainbow. Most are black and white. I've learned to see them at will by holding my fore finger and middle finger together and firmly on top of my thumb. A tiny hole is produced at the top of the thumb, beneath the fingers. I look through this hole with one eye, pointed toward a light source. I can make the hole larger or smaller by relaxing or tightening the fingers and thumb. I blink to start the action. These things float downward usually, sometimes bumping into each other and merging. It gets weirder. They often 'explode'. The ones with color give the best explosions. The explosions result in smaller replicas remaining, or the thing disappearing completely, or leaving a blackened area in its place. I can focus on one at a time until it explodes or leaves the area of the 'circle', but I always have a few to choose from. I could go on with the many observations I've made of these things over many years, but it would be too much for here. One last thing to mention...the explosions actually create energy. It's hard to describe. When they explode, they puff up, extend out and I can see that energy was created. This is the first time I've tried to find if others see these things, and to put it in writing. So far, haven't found anyone else who has devised a way to observe these things like I do.
posted 7-Jul-2010 1:11pm  
I see dead people. :(

I also see little pin-point spots flying around. They seem to shoot a bit, disappear, then another appears, shoots, etc. The best way to see them is to look at the sky, or a cloud in the sky (but away from the sun, of course).

I agreed that they are probably just dust particles from the air trapped within the outer film of the eye - although when I put drops in my eye it doesn't seem to affect the number I see. Could an affect of overloading the nerves with too much light (like "seeing stars").
posted 26-Feb-2011 8:01pm  
This is so weird because I just asked my cornea specialist about this last Monday!!! I know exactly what you're talking about. It's not floaters, halo's or rainbow-like patterns like the others are talking about. It's like seeing tiny blood vessels or cells moving around very rapidly, and it appears I'm seeing them through my eyelids. It's hard to make it happen or how to describe how to make it happen, but when it does, it's very interesting to watch. Anyway, the cornea specialist immediately said they're "floaters" but I know very well what floaters are and this is not what this is! I go back to the cornea specialist this Monday and I'm going to ask again. I got a little intimidated last time because he didn't know what I was talking about and I couldn't describe it accurately so I gave up because I worried he might think I was crazy. But after reading this and finding out that other people have experienced the same thing, I know I'm not crazy! If I can get a straight answer out of him, I'll report back!
posted 3-Mar-2011 7:00pm  
These loose particles are rods and cones which have degenerated. because the eyes is filled with viscous fluid, they float and drift somewhat with gravity.
posted 10-Jul-2011 6:08pm  
I have and still do see bacteria on the surface of my eye. When I have an eye exam I can see the veins of my eye.
I was once told it was a phenomenom. I can see, with certain light, bacteria that is rod shaped with a circle shape connecting them
in a chain formation.
(reply to darcele) posted 21-Aug-2011 10:21pm  
I have 20/20 vision and I can see red blood cells flowing through the capillary beds of my cornea when I look at the sky. When my pupils are dilated (especially from the eye drops the eye doctor puts in your eye to see your retina better), I can see the outlines of cells and the red blood cells flowing around them. I believe that the things you see exploding are red blood cells because they can explode and are constantly being replaced.
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posted 10-Oct-2011 5:29pm  
There are some strange people out there...
posted 15-Oct-2011 7:30am  
I created an acct just to comment on this, as I couldn't really find clear references to it online until now. I am extremely nearsighted (approx 20/500+ in one eye and 20/300 in the other), and I can absolutely, definitively see the inside of my eye. It can be freaky sometimes... I liken it to some crazy trip (even though I've never done drugs, I imagine this is what it could feel like).

Anyway, on light backgrounds I can just see a flash of various things like many of you described. But I can actually see extreme detail with a dark background, something as simple as cupping my hands over my eyes in a dim or dark room can work. And I can see it pretty much any time I want, but it takes concentration to focus. theguy26 above described it pretty well although I need dark more than light.

Since an eye of course is three dimensional, I can focus at different points in my eye. There are networks of blood vessels that I can see in 3 dimensions; there are what I'm certain are floating cells (I'm a molecular biologist, it's what I'm trained in, and that's what they are, though I think there is also lots of flotsam in there). If I focus a little farther i see clumps of rods waving back and forth, similar to seaweed waving in the ocean current if you've ever SCUBA dived. I can make things move around in the vitreous (and then watch them) by sharply moving my eyes.

And then there are 2 more major things I can see and they are both totally trippy and freak me out:
1) I can see my iris. At first i didn't know what i was focusing on, then i accidentally let a little more light in and watched my pupil constrict. When I blocked out the light, it dilated again. Then I realized all the streaks and lines I saw radially extending from that circle (the pupil) was actually my iris. I can't focus on it too long because it gets creepy; it fills the whole field of vision, like you're standing right behind your iris inside your eye, and if you can imagine that you can see how freaky it is.

2) The most bizarre is when I focus on what I can only imagine is the optic nerve. I haven't done it often but when I do, it's like falling into a black hole. At first it's completely black/dark, in contrast to all the rest of the things I've been describing which have a fair bit of contrast and reddish tint, depending on how much light is getting to my eye. When I focus on this particular spot, suddenly I feel like I'm rushing (like, space-travel speed rushing) through a rotating tunnel. I get really disturbed when that happens so I don't know what would occur if i rode it out and saw if there was an end to the tunnel. It feels similar to when you fall in a dream but more intense -- frightening.

So, I couldn't sleep tonight and started focusing on the inside of my eyes for fun, and suddenly got really creeped out. I had to see if other people experienced this, and I'm glad I found this thread.

I know many people will say this is crazy, what are you on, etc etc. I told my boyfriend and that's pretty much what he said. I hadn't considered that maybe only near-sighted people can actually visually explore the inside of their eye as I described. I do think many people can see floaters and probably vessels and cells floating (b/c I used to see all that too). But I think it's a different level to sit and watch what's happening inside your eye.

Also, I can't do this for too long. I did just now before getting up and writing this and my eyes feel pretty sore. That hasn't really happened before, so that's also fairly disturbing. Looks like I'll have to curb my habit. But I feel better knowing other people have experienced similar things.
posted 21-Oct-2011 12:34am  
I created an account to comment on this too, I have always been able to see cells and floaters on/in my eyes, ever since I was a kid, as I used to spend some time looking at the sky. I used to mess around and move my eyes about to make them fly from side to side. However some time later I also discovered that if I looked at a bright sky long enough and get the focus just right, I can see what appears to be actual bacteria on the surface. They are ultra tiny and appear bright white, like sparks that are almost kite shaped, there are countless numbers all swirling around, and they move with relatively high speed. I always assumed it was some kind of single-cell bacteria that the body uses to maintain the surface or something, but didn't really share it with others as I was unaware of how high you can adjust the focus of the eyes, and didn't want to spread misinformation, but having read what some of the dudes here can apparently do, such as see inside the structure of their eyes, well now I am giving it more serious consideration. Interesting thread.

Oh incidentally I'm not talking about that weird cloud of yellowish spark you get around your periphery when you get up too quickly and you spin out a little.

I have no idea what my vision is, my last eye test was when I was in primary school. I have never had trouble seeing detail from long distance or from short distance though and consider my eyesight pretty good.
posted 3-Nov-2011 1:20pm  
I see cells also. I thought everyone did (like a slide in science class) I can see different types of cells occasionally. I can also see the outline or aura of my eye in the darkness as well as the intricate pattern of blood vessels in the right lighting ~ the more you focus~ the more intricate it becomes. I have near perfect vision.
posted 10-Dec-2011 5:49pm  
Iam 15 i have seen floaters since i was about 4 years of age i jus googled little circles in my eye and floaters came up lol ifort i was the only 1 with them
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posted 11-Feb-2012 9:24pm  
smiley:::poker face
posted 7-May-2012 12:51am  
So glad to know that others out there can see this too. For everyone who talks about "floaters", that is not what op is talking about and is completely unrelated.

Well, just wanna stop by and say hi, say i am one of you "see'ers" of this nifty little microscope-like trick, and it's nice to know that we're not crazy. KEEP THE FORUM ALIVE!!!
posted 31-May-2012 12:30am  
Yea, I can see piles/clumbs of those cells (looks like a red blood cell under a microscope). I've been seeing them for 2 years now, its very annoying. Stress seems to make them more visible/apparent.
posted 12-Aug-2012 10:37am  
I have been able to see these bacteria for most of my life easily and clearly. It is best to try on a clear sunny day, looking into the blue sky(not at the sun). Then adjust you focus as you would when trying to focus on a 3D picture. You will first notice lots of tiny flickers of sparkling light. This is the light reflecting on the side of one of these organisms/bacteria/germs that are living in the layer of moisture across your eyeball. you'll probably have to keep refocussing but then you will start to notice hundreds maybe thousands of organisms squiggling around as well as some longer immobile/stationary strands which may just be dust. Its like watching a busy ant colony. When you focus on an individual one, you'll notice that they fade away quickly, lasting about a second. I believe this is because it is only the ones moving across or near the surface of the layer of moisture on our eyeball which are reflecting light. They dissappear when they "dive/swim"(i dont know the word for the movement/s of bacteria) back in then others come up in a constant cycle. Its quite facinating really.

Another cool thing ive discovered is how to see your own eye in a telescope.
Just focuss your telescope at a streetlight aprox 100m. Then very gently(you need to be very steady and slow) move your head/eye back and forward and you will find that one spot where you can see your own eye in detail. You can see the blood vessells in iris(the coloured part) change when you blink.
posted 25-Nov-2012 4:42am  
I know a lot of people say this is free floating "floaters" or bacteria. It is in fact blood cells. For us who see it, if focused, we can see exactly where the blood comes into our eye through the veins and we can see that the very fast moving cells move in the exact same patter every single time. We can also feel our pulse as the cells move and we can see that they move at the exact moments of heart beats. It is not anything else. Yes.. Some people will see free floating floaters and other foreign particles. But blood cells can INDEED be seen.

This is what it is to settle it once and for all... And it is proven.

The blue field "entoptic phenomenon" <<<<<<------- GOOGLE IT---------<<< or Scheerer's phenomenon (Scheerer, 1924) is the appearance of tiny bright dots moving quickly along squiggly lines in the visual field, especially when looking into blue light (such as the sky). This is a normal effect that can be perceived by almost everybody (Ford, 1967). The dots are due to the white blood cells that move in the capillaries in front of the retina of the eye, near the macula (Sinclair et al., 1989). Blue light (optimal wavelength: 430 nm) is well absorbed by the red blood cells that fill the capillaries. The brain "edits out" the dark lines that would result from this absorption. The white blood cells, which are much rarer than the red ones and do not absorb the blue light well, create gaps in the blood column, and these gaps appear as bright dots.
posted 23-Dec-2012 6:46pm  
This is what inside my eyes when I focus inward in no light.
1. I see rod like (tentacle-ish) walls that sway with the fluid in my eye. This is not superficial and has nothing to do with dust or particles in my eyes. The thin flexible rod like structures that are all connected at the base form a wall, and they sway with the fluid like seawead would sway with the ocean current.
2. I see 3 dimensional grids at times which I believe are the foundation of eye-hand coordination.
3. I see light inside my eye when in total darkness which tells me that we have an inner light that is very characteristically different from artificial light or sunlight.
I have told people about this, and usually feel stupid and annoyed by their bogus "scientific" explanation. They have no idea.
posted 3-Jan-2013 10:14pm  
The small rod-like bacterium (bacilli) seen diving in and out of view in rapid, undulating motion are very likely Proteus Mirabilis since this is a common inhabitant of skin and the intestinal tract. Surface fluid from the eye was cultured and the organism produced a surface film on agar rather than well-defined colonies. Using 16s-rRna / 512 base pair ID against GenBank data provided a 100% match. There are other motile bacilli that can also inhabit the surface of the eye - some of which are less benign. As for floaters, these aren't on the surface of the eye, but rather within the corpus vitreum (fluid center) and are often caused by internal bleeding resulting from minor retinal tears (separation of retina from choroid lining of the inner eyeball). They may look like a black dot with a faint halo or long branches and chains resembling fungal hyphae. Retinal separation, if it progresses, can cause flashes with eye movement and even lead to blindness if not examined by a qualified physician and arrested by laser surgery. Simple dust on the surface of the eye can be flushed using eyewash. These are normal conditions. If anyone rejects what you've observed, they're likely unqualified and even less qualified if they say you're crazy.
posted 29-Jan-2013 10:56am  
Never paid much attention to this but barely can recall.
posted 30-Jan-2013 3:57pm  
I don't think they're cells.
(reply to agfisch) posted 27-Feb-2013 3:33pm  
I've read all of these responses, and have felt deflated by many. You seem to know what you're talking about, so I ask where or who can I go to to have a surface fluid culture done on my eye....someone that will listen? I have hundreds of small motile organisms swimming on my eyes, and have for about five or six years. Yes, I have floaters as well...lots of them. I know and can SEE the difference. These are two very distinctly different things. They are as different as night and day. I've been to a retina specialist and, of course, was made to feel like I was crazy. These swimming things are causing the many floaters as well as deteriorating my vision, and no eye doctors that I've come across seem too concerned or familiar with such a thing. I can see why someone that hasn't experienced this wouldn't be concerned or would laugh, but when you're the one seeing them, and have an abundance of unexplained health issues as well it becomes very real and frustrating to have no help or answers.
posted 1-Jul-2013 6:25am  
I see the circles in circles then dark spot connected all together , and it bothers me sometimes when i look at screens .
posted 1-Jul-2013 6:26am  
I see the circles in circles then dark spot connected all together , and it bothers me sometimes when i look at screens .
posted 11-Aug-2013 5:38pm  
I can see the mist of rain on a sunny day if I focus my eyes. I see see a Gnat from 20 plus feet away floating in the wind, I also see what look like cellular membranes or what some are calling floaters when I choose to. I often wondered what caused this ability. I have 20/20 vision, but that's because that's only what the doctors measure for on sight test.
posted 13-Sep-2013 12:47pm  
No have not
posted 30-Oct-2013 12:24pm  
I first discovered this as a kid with the sun behind me, reflecting on the metal hinge of my glasses, which was so close to my eye that the light just looked like a blurred circle. This blurred circle looks a lot like what you see in a microscope.

snowkitty wrote a very articulate description of the phenomenon, particularly the part about being able to leave a "line" across the microscopic field. For me, if I squint and then open my eyes very slowly, it leaves a line of moisture and "cells" (dust particles, bacteria, whatever they are) across the circle. I can blink rapidly to disperse everything. The "cells" are sometimes quite large and distinctive so that I can easily track them until I've blinked them out of sight. Also, at times when I've had eye infections, there were always loads and loads of "bacteria" as I thought at the time. Maybe these are just clumps of mucus or dead cells.

Note, we are not talking about floaters! These "float" across the visual field and are impossible to follow with your eyes. They are also predictable because you're usually seeing the same stuff which is stuck in your vitreous humour.

We are also not talking about blue-sky sprites (entoptic phenomenon) which is bright dots appearing against a bright blue sky. Wikipedia has good visual approximations of both of those phenomena. And they're not what we're talking about.
posted 4-Nov-2013 5:21am  
While allowing my eyes to relax I have see what look like bugs floating in my field of vision. I can see the head and body and legs..its very disturbing and when I have asked people about it they think I am nuts! So, I did a Google search and found this. I'm so glad I've not totally lost my mind. I can also see in the frames of my glasses the dialation of my pupils when I adjust the light. Oh and I am near sighted too.
(reply to fizwilly) posted 24-Dec-2013 3:33pm  
I am happy to have found this forum. I have often wondered if everyone could see these things as I have for as long as I can remember. Mine have the appearance of worm shapes, with dotted distortions at one end, or both. If I look side to side, or up and down with my eyes closed, they move around for a moment, the come to rest in the same, or similar region. Does anyone think that they could be responsible for our limits in vision? I am also nearsighted. 2.50 and 2.75. Does anyone know if this is harmful? In times past, I have flushed my eyes with my neti pot with the regular saline solution. It seems to have cleaned them from my eyes for a limited amount of time. I have also heard that it could be indicative of health issues. If you, or anyone else gets any more information about this, please let me know. Doctors seem to have no clue as to the cause of phenomena.
(reply to Officerclay) posted 24-Dec-2013 3:35pm  
Since it is a sunny day, I am going to rinse my eyes with the neti pot again, and see if it makes a difference in the appearance of the little "bug(s)". Will post once I have.
(reply to fizwilly) posted 24-Dec-2013 4:07pm  
Ok, I just used my neti pot to rinse my eyes and they are gone for the moment. If you can, try that, and tell me your results.
(reply to Officerclay) posted 25-Dec-2013 7:42am  
What I've heard is that those floaters you can sometimes see in your vision are protein strands floating in the fluid inside your eyeball. They're fairly common and harmless. In fact, here's an { article} about them.

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posted 5-Jun-2014 4:04pm  
Afternoons, if i lay down on my side and close my eyes about half-way, i can see many little pink or red rounded (3 sided pyramid shaped) things (like barnacles) that look like one or two sides of each one is opening and closing (like tiny barnacles) at a rate of about 3 or 4 motions per second. They are all moving and really give me the creeps. Thats why i had to find this blog (or whatever it) is and sign in and describe it. I'm wondering what this is and if anyone else has ever seen these types of things?
posted 13-Jul-2014 7:39am  
Yes. I am near sighted, -6.5/-5, with astigmatism. I see what others have referred to as the wormlike ,seaweed structured. Literally right now, I'm looking at them with my left eye closed, letting in a little light from my screen. My right eye is completely open and vision is normal/able to type. If I focus on them, they are individual strictures within one floating collection. No lights or floaters at the moment. If I catch a glare of light off of something, say the metal of a car door while riding passenger, I can see the details of my eyelash roots. When I was about 11, my dad got me a device that allowed me to see the back of my eye. When I looked into it, I was a bit disappointed because I had already seen that. The human eye is bouncing light around in so many incredible ways, it's ridiculous to posture what individuals can or cannot observe with it. My near sightedness has allowed me to develop superior pattern recognition and spacial awareness.
To the individual who can see his/her iris & optic nerve, there's nothing to be frightened of. Your consciousness has no basis for interpreting this sensory input. You are freaking yourself out by rationalizing it. See how far you can go and how much you can observe. You aren't going to break anything :) Might just look weird to anyone else in the room.
posted 13-Jul-2014 7:49am  
Oh, quite frankly, they look like sperm to me! I believe the "seaweed wall" we can see is the ciliary muscle of the eye.
posted 31-Jul-2014 6:30am  
Like a lot of other people on the thread, I only made an account to comment on this. Even though it's been said and ignored, I'd like to point out that they're not floaters (we all already know what those are, we know the difference) as well as whatever you said about blue skies because it often just happens with sunlight. It's been about 7 years since I first experienced it and for some reason it made a huge impact on me. I was sitting on my bed staring at a small window in the room that sunlight was just barely shining out of, and I was just staring at it and began to notice what looked like (cells? Bacteria? Atoms? Particles? I don't know which one, I just remember seeing them under a microscope many times in Biology). If I were to focus on one I'd notice it merging with another or fading and being quickly replaced. They always moved around, even if my eyes were still. I've tried asking about it before and of course it got dismissed and I felt like I was crazy due to the responses I usually got, so I stopped telling people. It's such a relief to know there's more people who have experienced the same thing. With that, I'd still like to find out what (or why) these things are. They look like a black circle with a thin ring. They don't seem to be on my eye, but more (in?) the sunlight.
posted 31-Jul-2014 6:52am  
Oh and although I made it sound like it, they're not dust particles either. I know what those look like and these are much darker and more complex.
posted 21-Sep-2014 5:38pm  
I thought I was the only one. Because everyone I ever mentioned this to thought I was crazy.
posted 12-Oct-2014 10:16pm  
Yes, I have seen the same as everyone explains and depicts here. I too thought I was alone, and now know my daughter sees the same. I have also seen floaters in addition to the "cells" or I want to say in some instances air particles. I know the difference between floaters and the other "cells" I see.
posted 12-Oct-2014 11:36pm  
Why do people call them cells?
posted 21-Apr-2015 10:54pm  
I see a semi-transparent Threadlike strands, I'm sure it's called floaters.
But I also see many white tiny dots moving fast, I don't know what it is.
posted 15-Sep-2015 6:53pm  
If you are seeing mostly little round circles of varying sizes scattered about, nearly all in black and white and a few crooked lines (or even straight ones)and they are always in the same place, what you are seeing is not floaters nor is it cells. They are imperfections and injuries on your lens or cornea. I have scar tissue from an eye injury which I can see in this manner as well as many of those circles with dark borders around them. However, it requires more than looking at a bright light. It doesn't have to be bright, but you do have to have moisture built up so that when you open your eye only partly, this thin layer of eye moisture is stretched across the opening between your top and bottom eyelids. By peering through this thin layer of moisture while facing a light source, the light is entering through that layer of moisture and then being refleced back against it from the surface of your eye. You have created a microscopic vision of the surface of your eye.
posted 13-Mar-2016 8:59am  
These look exactly like the matter-antimatter particles I saw in a science channel. Their seem to attract each other and then they collide, then disappear, other take place from nowhere. I see them too since childhood, is fun! Mysterious though. Do we have the ability to see in the cuantic world? We build billion of dollars machines to see subatomic stuff but the solution to peer into this world can "lye before our eyes" . :)
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posted 14-Mar-2016 6:10pm  
Aaaand the prize for most out-there response to this question goes to....
posted 25-Apr-2016 8:38pm  
May I suggest, to roll your eyes from top and around to the right 30 times, then reverse from top around to the left 30 times. Exercise the eye muscles, important.
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posted 5-Nov-2017 4:58pm  
I believe these to be white, not red, blood cells. you can see the defensive motion of the white blood cells looking for a fight.
You can also see the beat of your pulse dispatching the bloods cells out into a sea of blood.
You are, literally, seeing-life-looking-straight-through-your-own-blood.
The best place to observe this phenomenon is staring out the airplane window on a day with a cloud ceiling/overcast
It happened , again, today FOR ME, ON THE PLANE.

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