Why am I suddenly seeing vivid outlines in wrong colors?



Submitted by TeresaMC on Fri, 08/30/2019 - 15:32
United States
Did you perform any surgery for the eyes?

Lasik procedure, both eyes, around 2002

Do you suffer from pre-existing illnesses in the eye?
Do you suffer from any diseases in the body?
  • Chronic systolic congestive heart failure (CMS-HCC)
  • Controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus without complication (CMS-HCC)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus without complication, without long-term current use of insulin (CMS-HCC)
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  • Left ventricular assist device present (CMS-HCC)
  • OSA treated with BiPAP
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Chronic anticoagulation S/T LVAD
  • DDD (degenerative disc disease), lumbar
  • Acquired von Willebrand disease (CMS-HCC) S/T LVAD
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  • Obesity, morbid, BMI 40.0-49.9 (CMS-HCC)
Do you use any eye drops?

Natural tears once every morning upon waking

Do you wear Contact lenses or Eyeglasses?

Eyeglasses, trifocals



I am suddenly and only occasionally, seeing vivid colors when I open my eyes, after having them closed for only a brief period.

The first time as I looked from the sun room into the dining room everything was outlined in a vivid dark blue--the doorway, table & chairs, light fixture, etc. A few days later I was at work, had shut my eyes for a few moments, when I opened them there was a man in my doorway and his hair & clothes were a vivid purple. T

here was no pain, just a few moments of shock. After blinking a few times my vision is normal.

What should i do?




Thanks for your Question

It seems you have some problems in visual perception which is called visual hallucination. It is caused by abnormal electrical waves that move through the visual part of the brain. There are many causes of it and the most common is migraine. Sometimes migraine is associated with visual hallucination called aura and they are many people who experienced aura without headache.

Other causes of this abnormal visual perception are:

1- Stress

2- Disturbed and low quality sleep

3- Anti depressant and anti anxiety medications

4- Systemic drug interaction

Another cause of abnormal visual perception is computer eye strain and visual fatigue especially if you work for a longtime on a high brightness monitor display. Try to adjust the brightness on your screen and give your eye time to relax. Try to use lubricant eye drops more frequently.