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Vitreous changes: Sounds like you might have: floaters. Floaters are common and usually due to a change in the protein composition of the vitreous (inside gel of the eye). Check with your eyemd that they are "just" floaters and not inflammation in the eye as new floaters can be a concern. ...Read more
See an eye doctor: If the spot you are seeing is constantly present, you should have it examined as soon as possible. Occasional spots of this nature are often normal, but one that is central and does not disappear should be evaluated to rule out issues with the retina (the film layer of the eye). ...Read more
Doubtful: It's hard for me to be sure exactly what you're describing, but I cannot see how the two would be related. ...Read more
Notice slight visual snow in dark rooms or dark surfaces for years. Is visual snow real or just being too aware of my vision?
Yes, depending: Visual changes are not unusual in depersonalization, and moreso derealization. If the symptoms come and go, then the visual snow effect may dissipate when the dissociative symptoms resolve. As usual, symptoms like this are found with other conditions, and a good medical evaluation is in order if it has not been done yet, before attributing this to depersonalization, or a related issue. ...Read more
Exam: You need to pursue a full exam with an ophthalmologist if you have scotomas or scintillating scotomas and any area of visual defect or total loss of vision in one eye that is persistent then you should be seen emergently for a full medical history and physical exam including a comprehensive eye exam by a specialist. Good luck. ...Read more
Vision has gotten really blurry lately & I see visual snow in my vision even with glasses on. This started before the glasses as well. What's going on?
Time for exam: If the snow is there all the time, you really need to see your eye doctor for a full exam. Cover each eye separately to see if it's in one or both eyes. Make sure to describe it as well as you can for the doctor. If the snow comes and goes, it could be related to low blood pressure or with migraines (if you're prone to headaches). Good luck! ...Read more
Can ms cause visual snow? I've had visual snow for as long as I can remember but it along with seeing flashes seem to be getting worse lately.
See ophthalmologist: If all you experience is visual distortion, which has been chronic, you do NOT have MS ...Read more
Visual snow;floaters: Visual snow is described as a diffuse effect that is not localized and isn't noted to move with the eye. Visual snow is likely to be seen in the early stage of a retinal or macular disease and is far less common than floaters that occur quite normally as the vitreous ages and becomes liquefied. Either symptom deserves the attention of a retinal specialist. ...Read more
Yes: This has been reported with MSGet a more detailed answer ›
Visit: An ophthalmologist or a neurologist. Help is within their grasp. ...Read more
More aware of visual snow or tv static in vision lately (not floaters). Could this be caused by anxiety/stress? Stress has been up lately.
Eye exam and CBT: Rule out any possible eye disease by an exam - not just sight test. Then consider a psych eval by a psychologist to Dx and give treatment recommendations. CBT is a way to optimize your mental health outcome. Medication alone is less effective. Learn how to handle stress. Best! ...Read more
Is Visual Snow ever effectively treated or life long? I've tried gabapentin and am on lamictal but so far nothing has helped. This is brutal.
No Rx yet: Visual snow is the perception of snow or static as seen on a TV screen that isn't tuned to a correct channel. The cause is unknown but researchers this year have discovered an area of abnormal brain function (hyper metabolism) on functional MRI that appears to be the cause. Much more work needs to be done scientifically. Unfortunately, for now there is no definite evidence of a specific treatment. ...Read more
Have had persistent migraine aura for 2 years, always see "tv static" or "visual snow, " no docs know what to do. Any thoughts on things to ask about?
Hi doctor, I am 25 years old, male. Recently, my left eyes started to experience visual snow and it always feeling dry. I am wondering how, Thanks!
Can optic neuritis cause palinopsia? I've had trailing in my vision for months (visual snow for forever) but the ON is a recent diagnosis with my MS
MS: Many visual symptoms can occur with MS. What are you being treated with? Sometimes palinopsias/after images can occur in normal patients. ...Read more
I"m getting a lp to test for ms because of mri results and some symptoms. If I do have ms could that be the cause of my long time occuring visual snow?
Visual snow/static (especially when look at sky) pings and pangs/burning in head, trouble focusing on close things sometimes, unruptured aneurysm?
Visual snow: Not likely but discuss with your Dr. ...Read more
Doc ruled out retnal tear, c fast movingbright dots in all directns inboth eyes 24/7 4 last 6 mnths, he told to check 4 migraine, could it be visual snow
Headaches, vision change, floaters, visual snow, halos, starburts and glare could all of these symptoms combined be brain related?
Yes: But eye related is more likely. I suggest setting up an appointment with an ophthalmologist soon. ...Read more
Have been to eye doctors and my eyes are perfect but I have visual snow. Cant seem to find much answers from anyone about it. Can u offer any insight?
Entopics: At your age, you are probably seeing what is termed entoptic phenomena (also known as flying corpuscles). In the right light against a uniform background like a blue sky or a clear wall, you see rapidly moving tiny blobs which represent the circulation in the center of your vision. This is normal. If this does not describe this, then you might check in with a neuro-ophthalmologist. ...Read more