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.
I don’t understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it’s a trick somehow. I’m confused and scared. PS it’s OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 27, 2015
What color is that dress? I see white & gold. Kanye sees black & blue, who is color blind?
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 27, 2015