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Shity eyes
    #4668873 - 09/16/05 10:32 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I just found this very interesting and thought i'd share it with everyone... especially the ones who already knew what it was called.


The little "threads" floating in your eyes when you look at the sky are called floaters. They?re the remains of the hyaloid artery, which carried blood to your eye when you were a developing fetus and disintegrated shortly after birth.

Floaters are suspended in the thick fluid of the eye. Thus, they generally follow the rapid motions of the eye, while drifting slowly within the fluid. Floaters located slightly to the side of one's direction of gaze can be particularly annoying. The temptation to try to look directly at them is almost irresistible. However, attempts to shift the gaze toward them are frustrated, because the floaters follow the motion of the eye, and remain to the side of the direction of gaze. On the other hand, because floaters are not perfectly fixed within the fluid, the brain does not get a chance to tune them out (as it does with the shadows of the eye's blood vessels, which are invisible under normal circumstances).

Floaters are particularly noticeable when lying on one's back and gazing at the sky. Despite the name "floaters," many of these specks have a tendency to sink toward the bottom of the eyeball, in whichever way the eyeball is oriented; the supine position tends to concentrate them near fovea, which is the center of gaze, while the textureless and evenly lit sky forms an ideal background against which to view them.

Floaters are not uncommon, although they rarely cause problems for those who have them. Floaters can be a nuisance and a distraction to those who suffer from severe cases, as the spots seem to drift through the field of vision. Ophthalmologists believe that the shapes are shadows projected onto the retina by tiny structures of protein or other cell debris discarded over the years and trapped in the vitreous humour. It is not, however, only elderly people who suffer from floaters; they can certainly become a problem to younger people, especially if they are myopic. They are also common after cataract operations or after trauma. In some cases, floaters are congenital.

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Re: Shity eyes [Re: Cowgold]
    #4668877 - 09/16/05 10:36 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I've definitely, definitely noticed my floaters more since I started taking acid a couple of years back.

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Re: Shity eyes [Re: Cowgold]
    #4668938 - 09/16/05 11:14 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Never knew they had a term. Interesting post. I used to chase floaters when I was little. I never could catch them... :sad:

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Re: Shity eyes [Re: Cowgold]
    #4668949 - 09/16/05 11:19 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Very interesting, I always wondered what those were! And just like Robot I've notiiced them a lot more since I started dabbling in psychedelics.

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Re: Shity eyes [Re: Trav]
    #4668952 - 09/16/05 11:22 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I notice them real well when I'm in the bathroom... shity eyes in more ways than two...

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Re: Shity eyes [Re: Cowgold]
    #4669092 - 09/16/05 12:17 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

That's very interesting, I've been curious about those for a while. Between the floaters, my eyes occassionally going out of focus, and mild positive afterimages, I decided to call my opthamologist a week or two ago.

He looked all in my eye, and said everything looked normal. I hope he's right. If he's wrong, it could mean my retina is detaching or something. Hopefully he would notice something like that!

Anyways, I have a feeling it's just very mild HPPD or something similar.

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Re: Shity eyes [Re: dblaney]
    #4670327 - 09/16/05 04:51 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

it's probably HPPD .... i see negative image tracers when my eyes move and i'm looking at a light source (sometimes) and it happened since doing LSA mainly..... [imagine say, the tv forms a somewhat "melting" but not at all fluid (as if there were a slow framerate) tracer in usually a negative and darkish blue/purple motion such that a tv is a tv is a tv fading out in color when you move the eyes sometimes but it's not detailed or focusable....]

i doubt it means we're going blind.

and yes, staring at the sky and seeing thousands of little specks is odd.... but drugs have never enhanced it (which is good i think)

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Re: Shity eyes [Re: Cowgold]
    #4670388 - 09/16/05 05:05 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I've never had those before.

Must be genetics?

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