Ghosts, Spots and Halos Oh MY!

Posted By on Oct 31, 2019 in General | 0 comments

In the month of October, everyone expects to see some unusual visuals such as ghosts, fiends, vampires, goblins, ghouls, and gremlins. They enter our workplaces, our homes and everyone laughs and giggles at the dark side who has no power except lies and fears if someone believes such silliness. After that continuing to comment on seeing such sights pushes against the social norms. So, people stop discussing the ghosts, spots, and halos they see. The problem with that lack of conversation becomes halos, spots and ghosts may be a sign of serious eye disease. Reaching the age of 65 plus mentioning such visuals may get the label of dementia or Alzheimer’s when it actually is loss of vision. Before diagnosing or labeling someone with dementia or early stages of Alzheimer’s it would be wise to visit someplace like Houston Lasik to check vision.

Seeing ghosts

Seeing double images or ghosts actually happens in 20 to 30 percent of adults with vision loss. Some experience vivid visual hallucinations. As the brain experiences the loss of visual sensory information, it fills in creating an illusion. Just like people experience phantom limb when an accident takes an appendage so to do people experience phantom vision.

When retinal cells do not receive input from the light because of disease or blockage, the retinal cells make an illusion in some people. The compensation arrives from the millions of stored visual memories in the brain when sight was better. Some doctors call it Charles Bonnet Syndrome if no other explanation from exams comes forth. Just as equally those with macular degeneration or glaucoma experience it as well.

Others experience double vision where one set of images has clarity, but next to it occurs a partial ghost image of the clear one. It means the brain has trouble combining the two images sent by the two eyes through the optic nerve. Called diplopia it means the eyes do not have alignment with each other. Often chronic diseases push the eyes out of alignments such as diabetes, a stroke, or multiple sclerosis.

Everything is covered in spots

In October, people think nothing of shadows flying across the air or fiendish webs of doom blocking hallways and pathways. Once past October if the holiday decorations have changed but the ghouls have remained more likely it classifies as floaters. Floaters define as spots in a person’s field of vision.

Often age-related these spots commonly appear black or gray in color. Outlines of specks, strings or even cobweb-like images patients have reported. About the time a person concentrates on truly seeing what it is, the spots dart off. These shadows which cannot be caught except by a qualified ophthalmologist like found in Houston doing laser eye surgery means the vitreous humor jelly substance has partially liquefied. The other part though remained vitreous and made clumps. As the light passes through the clumps, it casts shadows on the retina, and floating images appear.

Halos without angelic bodies

If a person experiences seeing bright circles of light around light sources, it is not angels poorly hiding out of sight even if it is Christmas. (Angels do not hide they come forward and give messages boldly). Alternatively, if they experience flashes of light like a camera or a storm, it may indicate an eye disease, unless the aliens who come in peace just dropped by for a visit because NASA’s TESS satellite told them where the earth is, and they wanted to make the first contact. See the ophthalmologist at the Houston Lasik clinic and check if LASIK can solve that issue. The good doctors have heard it all before so bravely state what you saw, they will believe you.

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