Visual Snow: Anyone experience this?

Posted by agraffia @agraffia, Jul 17, 2012

Has anyone ever experienced "visual snow"? My daughter suffers from this and sees it 24/7. No doctors seem to be able to help her. We've been everywhere in Chicago, and nobody can help her so they left it with "sorry, she'll have to learn to live with it". She's only 12 years old! So I'm trying Mayo now. Just wondering if anyone out there has ever experienced this; apparently it's rather rare.

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@brownde

There is a condition called asteroid hyalosis which causes opaque floating particles in the vitreous, or “jelly” of the eye. These can cause some problems with vision if they are dense enough. I don’t think anyone would do surgery for this in a 12 year old. It’s basically like snow floating through the fluid. No other problems with it. I also am not familiar with the doctor’s from UCSF and recently worked in ophthalmology there. They may just be researchers

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This may be what is in my left eye. Thanks!

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Possible—some issue the Dr's cant address

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@mstephen

Possible—some issue the Dr's cant address

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Hi, @mstephen – are you experiencing some visual snow lately?

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@avmcbellar

I am glad to hear you have found a remedy that works for you. Continue your methods for destressing. Seems to be a big help. The neuro ophthalmologist told me it didnt matter if I covered the eye causing the double vision so I learned by trial and error. I was told it was a brain issue and not an eye issue. That eye had become sensitive to light after my AVM. I covered the eye with a patch for over a month to avoid the double vision. In time, I discovered the longer I had the patch on, the snow in that eye increased and got worse. The snow was very bothersome so I decided to remove the patch. At first, the vision of snow was very strong in that eye but slowly it diminished and went away. I was so relieved. I now have both eyes uncovered and see no snow. My sensitivity to light is not as intense but it is still there. I prefer no snow over the sensitivity. It is much easier to deal with.

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Hi, can you please explain to me in details what you did to treat your visual snow? You put an eye patch for a month? I developed VS 2 weeks ago and I'm trying to treat it

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@bashark

Hi, can you please explain to me in details what you did to treat your visual snow? You put an eye patch for a month? I developed VS 2 weeks ago and I'm trying to treat it

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Hello, @bashark – my apologies for my tardiness, but wanted to welcome you to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm hoping that @avmcbellar may have some detailed information to share with you about how you treated your visual snow, including the eye patch.

bashark – wondering how you are doing lately?

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