Seeing your Blind Spot


Not only can you find your blind spot, you can play tricks with your brain as it tries to fool you!

Here's how to find your eye's blind spot. You can only do it one eye at a time, and you have to be very patient and methodical. But if you are, this can be fun!

You might be able to use the image below. Check to make sure that the distance between the X and the dot is between 5 and 7 inches. (Between 12 and 18 centimeters.) If it isn't, then you'll have to draw your own X and dot about 6 inches from each other on a blank, white sheet of paper. I assume that you can use the following picture, though.


The words 'look here with your right eye' with an arrow
pointing to an x on the left.  To the right is a circular
blob.


Scroll this page up or down so that the picture is in the middle of your screen. Then cover your LEFT eye, and with your RIGHT eye, look at the X on the LEFT. (So that you're looking past your nose a little bit.) Now very slowly move your head closer or away from the screen, until the dot on the right disappears. Remember, you have to be looking at the X, as you notice the dot disappear.


An x on the left and a circular blob on the right with a
grey line behind them.


Now, scroll this page up or down so that the picture with the line through the dot and X is in the center of your screen. Follow the same procedure that you did above. If it worked, you should have noticed that the dot disappeared, but the line still went through that area! Your brain connected the line through your blind spot for you!

(Note: 2012 Apr 16 The original link is gone! This is a copy of the one that used to be at "http://home.earthlink.net/~daliblume/KnowThis/BlindSpot.html")


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