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Similar to MouthCam, it's a framing device (curved at top and bottom) that looks like the camera is behind two big eyelids that open and close. It's usually used for comic effect, though it can also be used in more dramatic works, or works that are meant to show life from a character's point of view. The point-of-view character may be just waking up at the beginning of a scene, and between blinks they may see slightly different situations developing.

Compare BinocularShot, where things are seen from the point of view of someone using binoculars rather than their naked eye.

A subtrope of POVCam



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Used in one issue of ''ComicBook/TheSpirit'' to show the action through another character's eyes -- literally. In addition to an eyelid-shaped view, you can see his eyelashes on top.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'': Occurs when Max is recovering from the news that Dad's dragging him on a vacation.
* There is a brief scene early on in ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings'' where the camera "blinks" as it assumes Kubo's POV as he wakes up.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'':
** In the first movie, our first view of the other world beyond the portal is through Twilight Sparkle's eyes as she's opening them. This delays the reveal of her new body.
** Repeated in "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsMagicalMovieNight Mirror Magic]]" with Starlight Glimmer, like her mentor before her, opening her eyes after going through the portal, her vision at first very blurry before focusing on the school's entrance.
* Used for one scene in ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'', when Mikey wakes up in T.J.'s backyard after fainting.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'' as [=SpongeBob=] is waking up after an ice cream binge with Patrick.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'': When Cheng beats Dre up for the second time, we see that Dre is so badly hurt that [[ImpairmentShot his vision is impaired]].
* Used in ''Film/{{Unknown 2011}}'', during an UnfamiliarCeiling situation where the hero wakes up at the hospital after been AsleepForDays. The ambient sounds are muffled at first and the camera mimics the shapes of his eyes and how he is slowly opening and adjusting them to the brightness of the room.
* ''Film/MrNobody'' has this shot early on when Old Nemo looks through his fingers at Dr. Feldheim.

* Used in the beginning of ''Literature/{{The Diving Bell and the Butterfly}}'' (''Le Scaphandre et le Papillon'') where the main character has just woken up from a coma.

* In 2013, the [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} WNBA]] began using a "Ref-cam" in certain games; the All Stars began name-dropping this trope on their own.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Used to dramatic effect in both ''VideoGame/BioShock'' games, after the main character in each has been knocked unconscious and is coming to.
* Appears in the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}'' when Simon wakes up from his dream.
* Used at the end of ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood'', [[spoiler:when Guybrush slowly opens his eyes and sees a close-up of Elaine's hand on both his normal hand and his HookHand, then moves to a blurry vision of [=LeChuck=] walking to the Wind Control Device to absorb the voodoo powers from La Esponja Grande, then turns back to focus on her head and face, as our hero discovers for certain that he is about to die from his fatal stab wounds]].
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' features the Eye Cam [[spoiler:twice, if you choose the "Sacrifice" ending]] in an early cutscene, when the PlayerCharacter wakes from unconsciousness to see two concerned faces.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Used a few times on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' from the point of view of Applejack, Rarity and Rainbow Dash respectively. Used with the the first two characters when regaining consciousness from fainting and the latter when she's waking up from an accident.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' episode "The Pinky P.O.V." exaggerates this trope and puts it to the duration of a ''whole episode''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "Lisa's Pony", Homer was driving, absolutely groggy after his night shift in Kwik-E-Mart, having not slept for days. Naturally, he fell asleep. The Eye Cam shaped effect showed closing his eyelids and transitioned the scene to a dream sequence in Slumberland.
** When Bart is being put under anaesthesia for his apendix operation in "Round Springfield", his eyes are closing and his point of view is visualized with this eye-shaped cam effect.
** In "Make Room for Lisa", Lisa is in a sensory deprivation tank and sees the world from Homer's perspective. Lisa-as-Homer is falling asleep during a ballet recital. Shown with Eye Cam.
** Lampshaded when Homer was passing out. Instead of just normally losing consciousness, he began to argue with their brain about letting him pass out at such a dire time.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'': The episode that introduces Venturestein has several scenes shown from his P.O.V.
* DiscussedTrope in ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow''. When Karl's narrating his idea for a movie where a failed actor ends up being put into the body of Tom Cruise, he spends some time specifically pointing out that when the main character is coming to "the screen does that thing that makes it look like opening eyes".