Anyone here with visual snow? I have had it for about a year, and it negatively impacts my reading ability and level of comprehension.
I have learned a couple of tactics and strategies to deal with it so far:
a) reading with a pen to help guide the eye
b) using several light sources pointed at the text to dampen the static noise
c) never read outside, only use artificial light sources
The biggest downside is that I no longer can enter the reading "flow" where time and space becomes irrelevant. My ability to concentrate is not as good as it used to be due to this.
If you have any other tips to deal with this I would appreciate it greatly. I do not want to stop with this hobby, since I love reading.
I got few little "floaters" in one eye, its not really noticeable unless I put effort to notice them, optician said something like minor op could be done to correct it but I am scared of any kind of op that involves my eyes so yeah
Its like everything is superimposed with tiny moving dots like tv static. I have 20/20 vision, but when I look at stuff (especially paper of walls) I can't help but notice these fucking dots.
I know the feeling. I thought it was optical at first, but after being thoroughly examined by an optician / several eye doctors they concluded that my vision is optically 20/20. I have since been examined by a neurologist and he agrees that I have visual snow. I did a spinal tap and a CT scan, showing no problems.
It is both a relief (it is not deadly) and a letdown since there is almost no research regarding this condition. Hopefully it will not get worse.
>that little static sort of noise you hear when there's absolute silence
You don't have that? My high school chem teacher said it was the sound of atoms or electrons or some shit blasting past your ears at incredible velocity. Was he dad-trolling me?
Also I am not a chemist, as should be obvious
This gif might also blow someones mind on here. I see this all the time when looking at bright stuff and was worried for years until I saw this gif on 4chan. It's called Blue Field Entoptic Phenomenon for any fellow hypocondriacs and it's normal and harmless
i have visual snow via hppd but i don't find it fucks with my reading too much. sometimes i find putting my index finger on my forehead like img makes it easier for my eyes to focus on text, probably just placebo though
thx for this thread op, I was aware of floaters and BFEP but i didn't know this was a named phenomenon. I have it but very mildly, I like it though. I can imagine it would be shitty if it was more prominent.
But, is it like, a *really* high-pitched noise that doesn't hurt or bother you? Like, a lot of loud high-pitched noises will hurt one's ears (especially the ears of autists), but this ringing is so soft that it's no hindrance whatever. I can sleep fine, listen fine, etc. And when there's any sort of noise, the ringing more or less disappears.
Like others, wow, I didn't know this had a name. It sounded so dumb to tell people seeing a "light animated photoshop noise overlay" is my normal.
That being said, it's never bothered me with reading, unless I'm already struggling to focus in the first place, then I notice it on the page. I wear glasses for enlargement, but it doesn't remove the noise.
Op here. I have not done any drugs, but those who have HPPD has it due to drugs, while visual snow is a separate syndrome. They seem to share the same place in the brain though, but have different triggers.
fuck man, mine used to be not so bad now when i stare at a wall it gets all colored and carpets tend to swim if i stare too long
i dont think its hppd related though. it's been a gradual change over years
i see those black floater things once in a while. doc said it happens just rest. the same happened with my ears, i was hearing a hissing sound and doc said it happens, just rest, after checking the audio results.
resting helped both though.
Does anyone not have this? I figured it was something everyone has. I notice it from time to time but the most blatantly obvious it's ever been was when I was on a plane and staring out into the bright blue sky
Actually the normal image was pretty much how it looked for me a year ago. Everyone has some visual snow in the dark, what separates the two groups are that vs sufferers have it at day time too. (And usually very severe symtoms with other things such as halos, light sensitivity, after-images etc.)
I also have tinnitus, and researchers believe that the two are coupled in some way.
I've had it since I was a kid, but I didn't know what it actually was until a few months ago. I figured everyone could see it because my step-father told me once that it was normal when I was about ten or so, and I never brought it up again.
When I'm in the dark and stuff it makes waves, and I see it when I have my eyes closed.
This is a thing? I thought everyone had this stuff. Looking at my screen right now I see black squiggles dancing all over it.
Should I talk to a doctor about it? It is kind of annoying but I have never been super bothered by it.
Yes, it is possible you will go blind in that eye because of the retinal tear. Tears progress at different rates due to a variety of factors, the most influential being nearsightedness. If your eyes are highly myopic, your tear will progress faster and you will need surgery to prevent blindness.
Only if the amount of them increases significantly in a short time and if you have lights flashing in your peripheral vision. Even then it's probably just temporary and not a problem, but it could be you going blind.
I have both visual snow and HPPD
The visual snow i've had my entire life, so i'm used to it now.
HPPD i've had for 2 years. Some days its worse than others, and when its bad letters will start vibrating and morphing which makes it near impossible to read.
Has anyone successfully cured their HPPD?