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in this video we’re talking about visual
snow syndrome one of the most least understood visual conditions that is out
there and today we’re talking about the symptoms how it’s diagnosed and the
treatment let’s take a look hey what’s up this is
dr. Allen here from the doctor eye health show helping you learn about the
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care of your eyes. So visual snow syndrome also known as just visual snow
or sometimes denoted as VS. is a visual condition where people don’t see clearly
instead they see a lot of little speckled dots on absolutely everything
that they’re looking at and kind of reminds you of this static that you see
on an old television set that wasn’t getting good reception and when someone
sees this visual snow they see this static all of the time from the moment
they wake up in the morning to the moment when they go to bed at night now
oftentimes when people have visual snow they see this static into a really
extreme degree to the point where they’re unable to read or function to
have a car things like that where some people just have it to a really minimal
degree and they can almost just tune it out and ignore it
now interestingly enough this condition is so misunderstood it’s not really in
any of my ophthalmology textbooks nothing in optometry ophthalmology even
my visual science book doesn’t really go over what visual snow is it’s that
misunderstood I had to learn most of this knowledge from reading a lot of
different journal journal articles and publications as well as some sort of
resource articles and I’ll include additional links to these resources in
the description below if you want to read it and review them yourself what I
find interesting is that I actually do have visual snow syndrome and yes I did
diagnosed myself and doctors shouldn’t do that but it is something that I’ve
had my entire life since I was a kid and I’ve tried to describe it to people but
I wasn’t sure how to describe it and I really didn’t know that it had a name
until other viewers started commenting on visual snow and I had to do more
research on it to understand it now thankfully I have a very very mild case
of visual snow I do see the static most of the time I just kind of tune it out
and ignore it but if I’m in a dark especially in the morning on the first
waking up or maybe I’m in an exam room when it’s really dark or maybe I’m going
to bed and I really just kind of tuned things out I can see the static on
everything and even right now in the daylight and the rooms of the office
here I can actually see this little static on everything that I’m looking at
I think one of the reasons that visual snow is so misunderstood is that people
often just don’t know how to describe it or really don’t mention it to other
people so if you’re somebody who has visual snow or you’re seeing some sort
of a different visual phenomenon in your eyesight go ahead and comment in the
section below because this again is something we need to be talking about
now visual snow syndrome actually has other types of symptoms that go along
with it one of the most notably is called nyctalopia which is the
inability to see at nighttime there’s also photophobia which is
extreme light sensitivity which is also me
hence probably why I picked a career where I am in a dark room all day
there’s another one called palinopsia where people see continuous trails of
moving objects in their vision kinda like moving your hand really fast except
that you see you many many hands trailing afterward and there’s something
called the entoptic phenomenon which is when people start to see little
different spots moving in their vision something like a blue field entoptic
phenomenon which is when you look at the sky and you see little moving spots or
this could have includes seeing colorful swirls in your vision whether your eyes
are closed or not again that is also me again not everybody has all of these
different types of visual symptoms however most people who have visual snow
have at least two of these symptoms now historically and not until recently
visual snow was always believed to be kind of an after effect of somebody
using hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD but in more recent publications both
neurologists and visual scientists have concluded that yes you can develop
visual snow without any history of hallucinogenic drug use but it is true
that for some people taking those harsh drugs have permanently altered their
visual system and they do see this sort of visual snow syndrome unfortunately at
the timing of this video both doctors and scientists don’t fully understand
the exact cause of visual snow however the popular theory is something called
the thalamo cortical dysrhythmias the lamo cortical
dysrhythmias is believed to be a miscommunication between the thalamus
and the visual cortex of the brain at least when it pertains to a visual snow
and visual snow has also been reported to be a symptom of other medical
conditions such as persistent migraine aura that’s when you see kind of or
flashing spots in your vision that’s a whole other visual kind of phenomenon
that you can experience so I also have and if you’d like to see my other video
I’ve done on migraine with aura I’ll hook a link up here in the YouTube karp
above and again I’ll put that link in the description below again if you
haven’t checked that out but it’s also been associated with something called
optic neuritis which is an inflammatory condition associated with multiple
sclerosis as well as inflammatory issues after traumatic brain injury you know
there are many other bodily symptoms of social visual snow beyond just the
visual symptoms that we’ve described already I’m not gonna list out all of
them because it’s a pretty lengthy list but the most common ones are migraines a
tinnitus which is a ringing of the ears and vertigo which is the feeling of
dizziness so now if you’ve been following along in this video you might
have been certain to question do you have visual snow and you might be
wondering how is this diagnosed well in the clinic and eye doctor like myself or
maybe a neurologist would have to follow through a small checklist in order to
properly diagnose visual snow syndrome so this is that checklist number one is
that the patient has to constantly be seeing the static of visual snow in
their vision and they have to have it all of the time number two is that it
can’t be associated with a constant like migraine with aura again that’s a
flashing visual obscuration you can have in your vision if you’re not sure what
I’m talking about in terms of the aura then I do have that video going over or
a migraine and I’ll hang it hook that into the video up in the description
below number three is that it can’t be associated from any sort of drug abuse
multiple sclerosis and inflammatory and get inflammation of the optic nerve or any
other ophthalmic or eye disease. and that number four is is that it has to be
associated with some other symptoms such as photophobia again the really very
light sensitivity which is something that I have some enhanced in topic
phenomenon which is visual obscurations blue teal blue field
entoptic phenomenon looking at the sky and you’re seeing moving dots it’s
something that I see as well as kind of maybe other color swirls in your vision
that’s something that could count for that you could have nyctalopia
the inability to see at night and then tinnitus the ringing of the ears those
are the more common ones and you typically have to have one of those
other symptoms now since this condition is considered
very rare I’ve only really diagnosed it on two people myself and one other
patient now certainly other people probably have this visual syndrome
however they just often don’t mention it or talk about it because it’s so
misunderstood and kind of confusing but hey if you are learning something new in
this video and finding it helpful let me know by smashing that like button for me
as far as treatment of visual snow goes unfortunately treatment is still very
limited because it is such an unknown and misunderstood disease we haven’t
really found a treatment that is consistent for everybody
some studies have put patients on different migraine medications however
they didn’t fully get rid of the static some studies also suggested changing the
diet by decreasing any sort of preservative of processed foods in the
diet which is something that I think everybody should be kind of striving for
and it’s overall this good for your entire body and then some studies even
indicate using different filtered lenses the lenses that have been suggested in
studies include yellow lenses blue lenses and even the FL 41 tint kind of
rose-colored lenses for migraines have all been suggested however in these
studies it’s all very subjective I know and I put on the yellow the blue or the
FL 41 migraine sort of tint I still notice the visual snow it doesn’t really
help me but it’s something that certainly you could look into and try if
you want to look at any of these different lenses that I’m showing here
then I’ll include that in the link in the description below if you want to
check them out again visual snow syndrome is very misunderstood and
underfunded if you want to learn more about visual snow or perhaps even donate
to ongoing research then I encourage you to check out the visual snow initiative
those are people who are continually trying to improve
the awareness and the research in terms of visual snow and finding a cure for
the visual of snow syndrome I was actually lucky enough to speak with some
of the people at the visual snow initiative and to get the information to
make this video and if you want to reach out to them I highly encourage you do
and you can do that by checking out their website I’ll include that link in
the description below hey I hope you found this video helpful but do me a
favor go ahead and comment the section below if you think you have visual snore
if you’re having any sort of visual symptoms otherwise also mention it to
your eye doctor because that’s gonna raise awareness to the eye care
professional community about this condition and hopefully we can all work
together to find a cure and better understand the eyes and the visual
system again thanks for watching keep an eye on it and we’ll talk to you soon

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