Palinopsia, the persistence or recurrence of visual images after the stimulus has been removed, is a nonspecific term that describes multiple types of visual symptoms with a wide variety of etiologies. For example, palinopsia may be the presenting symptom of a potentially life-threatening posterior cortical lesion, yet it may also be a benign medication side effect. We comprehensively review all published cases and subdivide palinopsia into two clinically relevant categories: illusory palinopsia and hallucinatory palinopsia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-35
Number of pages35
JournalSurvey of Ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Akinetopsia
  • Cerebral polyopia
  • Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder
  • Palinopsia
  • Persistent migrainous aura
  • Persistent visual aura
  • Positive spontaneous visual phenomena
  • Saccadic suppression
  • Visual perseveration
  • Visual snow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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