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|Author: Klaus Podoll, Markus Dahlem, Sofia Greene||07. May 2008|
|Edited by: Klaus Podoll, Markus Dahlem, Sofia Greene|
"Suffering from a medical condition
I've had 'visual snow' since childhood. Basically when the lights were out I would see TV static/TV snow in my entire field of vision. I remember asking my mom about it and she didn't have a clue what I was talking about. I assumed that it was something that everyone had and that she was just not in tune enough to it... well, just this week I've found out that not everyone has it.
I'm 27 and having some serious eye issues.
3 months ago I have a dramatic increase in floaters (no retinal tear or detachment and no PVD).
Then my up close focus started to go, trouble staying focused on the words when reading.
Then I developed halos, starbursts, ghosting. (I had LASIK 5 years ago and had the halos and starbursts but after an enhancement they completely went away. I do not believe this onset it LASIK related).
My visual snow is getting worse and worse. When I stare at an object when the room is fairly dark the object starts to black out and then come back, no matter how big the object is. Even my daughters crib in her room. I think that it is the snow taking over so dramatically when starring under poor lighting conditions.
My peripheral vision starts to dim and my pupils start to constrict and dialte on their own when I'm in bed at night with the TV and a bedside lamp on. My husband has seen my eyes do this.
Negative after images increasing worse.
I've had MRIs, spinal tap, blood tests, urine tests, cat scan, chest x-ray, ekg, VEP, fundus photos, OCT, visual field, amsler grid, color testing. Everything is coming up fine except for a slightly elevated ANA score.
My retinal specialist is unsure of what is happening, but he's willing to work with me. He is sending me to Bascom Palmer in Miami, Florida to have a ERG although he feels that my retinas are functioning fine. It seems that the only information I can find online are other people who are suffering from it, and the doctors can't figure out what it is. I guess some people who have used LSD in the past suffer from it too, but I've never used drugs before."
(eyeissues, Dr Phil.com Message Boards - Depression - October 9, 2005)
"For as long as I can remember, since before I did any drugs, I've had visual snow or persistent aura without infarction. My psychedelic use has worsened this into pretty complex rotating patterns. It's pretty hard to see in the dark, all I can really see is a really thick 'fog' of colored dots, thats usually morphing into patterns...
Last summer when I was doing a LOT of 2C-B, and really large doses at that. I was having really intense tracers for a few months following. As well as tiny flashes of light here and there, or 'black holes', basically just the opposite. Now I have pretty strong patterning at all times."
(thugg, Bluelight - Focus Forums - Psychedelic Drugs - Retinal image burn after months of use?, May 21, 2007)
"Doesn't everyone see visual snow? I've seen it as long as I can remember, since early childhood. Could it be that everyone sees it, but most people just ignore it or don't notice it? And for HPPD, could it be that the drugs enabled people to notice things like snow for the first time, even though it was already there? For me, when I go out into the sunlight, the white spots, the ones in the sunlight are very bright, like sparks shooting through the air. Sometimes, the darker spots and blobby clouds form itself into scenery... landscapes, people, animals, words, geometric patterns. Sometimes in art class, I used to draw what I saw."
(socko, Bluelight - Community - Healthy Living - White spots in vision, June 21, 2007)
"There's ANOTHER name for it... and it's called Visual Snow.
Wow! I remember trying to explain this to my friend when I was about 7 years old, how I saw things 'like wrinkles or a static TV.' She thought I was lying and I thought I was the only one who saw things through that.
Mine is pretty mild, but it's constant. It's like I can see tiny molecules in the air moving around rapidly, kind of like a very, very low opacity .gif of TV static overlaying everything in my visual field.
Anyone else have this?"
(ms. snookypants LiveJournal, November 12, 2007) [see also here]
"I cannot even express how happy I am to find this website. I have been seeing what you all have been describing since I was a little girl... I started recognizing it at the age of 5. When I was little, I did not know what to think of the 'static' I was seeing, so I thought it was God. I am now 25 yrs old and still wondering to this day what I see all the time and how to get an explanation for it. I have tried to explain what it looks like to my family and friends, and find it almost impossible to describe. I have always said that it looks like static TV - or when it gets all snowy… only with NO color. It's just part of everything around... it does not block anything, make anything blurry, or interfere with my life if I dont want to see it. At night or in the dark I see it the most. It is all over me, and sometimes the 'static' either moves quickly almost like invisible shooting starts or its completely still… I have never seen any figures or anything of that sort, however. I am very interested in discussing this with all of you since it has always been a part of my life and this is the first time I found that I am not the only one who sees this 'energy.' I never believed in paranoia things, but I have NO idea what this could be. I also have 20/20 vision so I know it has nothing to do with my eyes. Why can we see it and not everyone else? Why is it clearer in the dark or on a flat surface? Any thoughts?"
(Jara, unseen company - Experiences with the unseen - Visible Energy, April 22, 2008)
"Everyone PLEASE look at this website... the first 3 pictures are exactly what I see that I was describing... is this what you see? It is called 'visual snow' and it's a real condition, although very rare."
(Jara, unseen company - Experiences with the unseen - Visible Energy, April 30, 2008)
"I, too, see the static or snow. I've always seen it, I simply thought it was how everyone experienced vision. I started getting the notion that it wasn't a universal experience during my junior high school years. We were learning about molecules and I mentioned to my friends in class that I thought I could see the molecules of the air. I was met with blank stares. I then asked my mom and brothers if they could see the air. More blank stares. Then I knew I was seeing things differently than everyone else. It's as if I can see vibrating atoms. Anyway, I've pretty much kept it to myself although my husband knows I see static. I also get migraines with aura and I'm pretty sure it’s related. Guess we have a 'gift' huh? The simulations on the migraine-aura website are a good representation."
(Nancy, unseen company - Experiences with the unseen - Visible Energy, May 9, 2008)
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Acknowledgments: We wish to thank nbains (subject #105), the founder of the VisualSnow.com website, for bringing to our attention the problem of persistent aura "lifers".
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