Please help! Weird things happen when I close my eyes. Doctors won't take me seriously.

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Ever since I was little sometimes when I would close my eyes at night I would see shapes like circles and squares swooshing around in my head and then would get very big and very small. As if they're zooming in and out to the point where they were not recognizable. As I got older the images began to shift into literally anything that would zoom in and get big and zoom out and get small. Then the image would quickly change to something else and do the same. Sometimes it would even be multiple things doing the zooming in and out at once. If I would be thinking about something before I go to bed then that image would zoom in and out. Sometimes the images would be very creepy as well so I would try to imagine my family and friends but then it would make their heads zoom in and out. If I would sit up and try to calm myself down and try to close my eyes again the images would pick up right where they left off. I did a little research on my own and the closes thing I could find was the Alice in Wonderlanf Syndrome. But those people experience theirs with their eyes open. Mine is only when my eyes are closed. My doctor does not think that o need to see a neurologist and is refusing to write me a referral. I'm wondering if it could be a possibility that certain people experience AIWS with their eyes closed????

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    Hmm that's really interesting! If it's Been happening for years since you were little and your still fine then it really must not be something harmful but that Definitly seems to be a good enough excuse to get an MRI or something.... So if u are concerned all you have to do is switch to a different dr and ask them and kee switching until u find one that will take u seriously and accept your requests

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    Some kind of hallucinations.. Do you play a lot of video games? Gave you seen a nuerologist..? Eyes are closed its from the brain.
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      It doesn't happen all the time. I don't play any video games or anything like that. I've been trying to see a neurologist but my doctor doesn't think there's anything medically wrong.

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      This is actually a real thing. Closed eye hallucinations. Maybe you will need to google it ..yikes..but so you can print stuff out to educate your ignorant doctor. I Have zero experience with it but it is real.
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      I did actually research that a little bit ago when I was trying to figure this all out for myself since my doctor won't help me. CEV does not appear to be what I'm experiencing. I don't take any hallucinogens and I don't ever meditate. I also experience this as soon as my head hits the pillow. Not anytime near being almost asleep. I also see actual visual images of things like of people in my life or of anything you can imagine that is an actual object. I also do not hear any noises when it all occurs.

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    I've got about the same. Sometimes the images change really quickly, like photographs being flicked really fast, at other times they slowly morph into the next one. Over the years the general shapes have evolved into really complex structures, kind off scifi. I also see these horrific mutilated faces, morphing into even more horrific ones. After a while I always dose off and fall asleep. Since I know this, it doesn't bother me, I just wait till it passes.

    I've seen neurologists for other complaints, and don't recommend seeing one, especially not for something like this. In my experience they are a kind of advanced electricians, and are not interested in complaints out of the ordinary. They only know about brain function realted to the usual complaints, like migraine, Parkinsons, dementia etc. and probably will refer you to a psychiatrist.

    A neuropsychologist probably would be of more use, or a sleep specialist. they can make an EEG and see what happens during your brain while you dose of.

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    It does sound like CEV to me - don't forget there are different levels, and the 'noise' they refer to is visual noise, not actual sound. You don't have to have been on hallucinogens for this to occur. Very small children get it, after all, and I'm sure they don't take LSD. Well, I hope not.

    I would take this to the Eye Forum - I think people there will 'get' this quickly.

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    This has been happening to me since I was little as well and legit cant find anything on it. Every time it happens its either something that starts as super small then zooms in slowly, or something normal sized that zooms in very quickly, and I freak out every single time.

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