What is it?

Visual snow syndrome is a newly diagnosed neurological condition characterized by seeing white, black, transparent or coloured dots across the visual field. According to several studies, people with this syndrome have abnormalities in their lingual gyrus which is located in the occipital lobe of the brain.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include seeing tiny dots in both eyes all the time, floaters, flashes of light, impaired night vision, color swirls, palinopsia, and light sensitivity. Other non visual symptoms may include migraines, tinnitus, vertigo, fatigue, tremors, anxiety, and depression.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and eye examination. Further evaluation may include neurological examination. Symptoms must persist more than 3 months.

Treatment

There is no good known treatment for visual snow, some say that anticonvulsive drugs may help.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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