Originally Posted by lyssrey
I think I see the problem. It has nothing to so with being intelligent. I am concerned because this seems to be worrying you greatly.
Paranormal phenomenon and entoptic phenomenon have NO relationship. Shadows in your peripheral vision can be explain in scientific terms. Basically, it is a medical condition. Paranormal phenomenon has nothing to do with medicine. Paranormal phenomena cannot be explained to any degree of certainty.
If we were to go through past posts in this section I would have no doubt that people who claim to see shadows, coloured lights, patterns, etc mistakenly think it is a paranormal/spiritual experience when it fact it is a visual problem. There is a reasonable probability you are suffering from visual disturbances( entoptic phenomenon).
All I can do is tell you what I know. I am not a doctor or a clinical psychologist.
Probably 99 percent of the population will experience entoptic phenomenon (some more than others). Some people who go from bright sunlight to a darkened room will see coloured patters, bright lights and other strange things.
The important point is that it is only a brief experience. Their eyes tend to adjust to the different light quickly. Other people are no so fortunate. Even a slight change in lighting conditions can bring entoptic phenomenon on for some people. A tiny minority of individuals are very unfortunate in that they see shadows, patterns, spider webs most of the time regardless of light conditions. In other words, it is there all of the time.
People who suffer entoptic phenomenon to a point where it becomes unbearable will go and see a doctor. These people undergo a variety of tests from eye doctors, neurologists. The tests usually involves CT and MRI scans. More often than not all the tests will come back negative.
Despite the lack of pathology they obnviouslyl have this problem.
You mention you are sensitive to your two friends and your family. This suggests to me you are thinking again in paranormal terms. But again, there may well be a psychological( scientific) explanation to your problem.
I think the important point is that from a medical point of view we cannot rule out psychological explanations for people having entoptic phenomenon. This seems especially true when we consider that most people with this problem undergo a variety of tests only to find out there is nothing physically wrong with their eyes, yet they still see these strange things.
HOWEVER, I WANT TO STRESS it is important for people suffering from visual disturbances TO SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE. While entoptic phenomenon is generally considered harmless ( are you prepared to put up with it?) THIS DOESN'T RULE OUT the possibility there is an UNDERLYING MEDICAL PROBLEM with your eyes that needs to be investigated.
As I said before, if I had these problems I would put my mind at rest with a visit to the doctor.
The above is a non-professional opinion.