Optometrist explains dress that broke the Internet

Black and blue or gold and white? That is the question

"The dress" as it's quickly become known, boggled the Internet on Feb. 26, 2015. Many thought the dress was black and blue, while others only saw gold and white. (Twitter)
"The dress" as it's quickly become known, boggled the Internet on Feb. 26, 2015. Many thought the dress was black and blue, while others only saw gold and white. (Twitter)

This story first appeared on our affiliate’s site, WIVB in Buffalo.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) A debate over a dress is a top trend on social media Friday morning. Everyone is talking about a picture of a dress, and whether it’s gold and white, or blue and black.

A BuzzFeed.com poll shows almost three-fourths of people see white and gold, while the rest see blue and black.

Optometrist Dr. Timothy J. Schwach, from Amherst, New York, explained the picture as “visual perception thing.”

“It has to do mainly with how we perceive the images that come into our eyes,” Schwach explained. “My personal belief [is] it has to do with background lighting compared to foreground lighting, and how that light bounces off the subject we’re looking at.”

“Color blindness is a whole different thing,” he said. “This is just mainly how we perceive the image.”

According to the original owner of the dress, it’s royal blue and black. However, different lighting can cause people to see the colors of the dress differently. The main cause has to do with the quantity of light that comes into your retina, which can be different for everyone.

 

Even celebrities are tweeting about it.

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