Remember back when television antennas had to be adjusted in order to prevent the screen from creating a black and white, fuzzy static across your shows? Well, many people experience this phenomenon regularly, but it’s not because of their television screens. Your Cincinnati eye doctor is here to give you the facts about this spectacle, known as “visual snow.”
Visual snow is defined as the persisting visual symptoms of seeing the above described static, or “snow,” across one’s visual field. A person experiencing visual snow may notice it at all times, but will note that it worsens in low lighting and complete darkness. Symptoms can greatly vary in addition to the snowy effects. Previously documented symptoms have also included halos, double vision, glare, starbursts, and other ocular abnormalities that present in varied sizes and shapes. Some people have described the way moving objects seem to leave noticeable trails behind them.
Oddly enough, the cause for visual snow is unknown, despite that sufferers of it experience the snow 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many people who have eye tests will return with normal results, and even CT scans and MRIs have not noted any specific differences in the brain to cause the differentiations.
Currently, visual snow has no known treatment, due to the fact that doctors and researchers cannot explain where the cause stems from. However, this does not mean that if you or someone you know experiences visual snow that you should sit back. Remember to get your eyes checked locally and report any changes in vision to your local Cincinnati eye doctor as early as possible!
If your vision has been affected or if you require eye care visit Cincinnati eye doctor, Charles Breen, ophthalmologist, at 7370 Turfway Rd. 3rd Floor, St. Elizabeth Medical Office Building, Florence, KY 41042.