What is Visual Snow?

Visual Snow is a condition that appears similar to static on a television set, appearing across the entire visual field. Learn more ...

What are Floaters?

Floaters are a condition characterized by the appearance of specks, or spots appearing either intermittently, or constantly across the visual field. Learn more ...

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular Degeneration is a visual disturbance that can result in loss of central vision, which often entails inability to see fine details, to read, or to recognize faces. Learn more ...

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Ocular Migraines
Normally when someone says the word "migraine" you think of a really bad headache. There is another type of migraine though, an ocular migraine. They are also called ophthalmic migraines. This is when visual disturbances occur with or without headache pain.
Ophthalmic migraines often occur when changes take place in blood flow to the area of the brain responsible for vision (visual cortex or occipital lobe). Hormonal changes seem to be a frequent trigger of these types of migraines.
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Link Between Tinnitus and Visual Snow

The majority of those who suffer from visual snow, also have tinnitus.

Tinnitus is a ringing, whooshing, persistant noise that seems to come from the ear or head. Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from this disorder. Tinnitus is much more common than visual snow, but the two seem to be closely linked. Tinnitus is hearing what others can not, while visual snow is seeing what others can not.

Tinnitus can come from any of the four sections of the ear: the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain. While some tinnitus is normal it should not disrupt you or be apparant in situations where there is noise. When you can hear it all the time, you level of tinnitus is elevated.

A common cause of tinnitus is damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear.

Currently, like visual snow, there is no treatment for tinnitus. Research is being conducted to try and find a cure.


 
Reading with VS (visual snow)

Reading with VS is extremely hard to do. Words seem to wave and jump off the page. They almost seem to glow off of the white background. I don't read for pleasure anymore. I read my children their story at night, and am grateful for the illustrations on the pages, which break up the jumble of words. Reading glasses do not help, nor are needed.

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EOVF has raised $4664.80 since opening
I am please to say that we have raised $4664.80 since we opened the Eye on Vision Foundation. While this is a fantastic start, we have far to go. Right now we are trying to raise $15,000 for a visual snow research project. We are also working towards bringing in $80,000 for a floaters research project, and another $20,000 for a macular degeneration project. Please keep the donations coming in, and don't forget to tell your friends and family about the website and the foundation!

 
Hope for Phase I Research to Begin for Visual Snow

EOVF is in talks with U.S. based doctors for Phase I research to begin on visual snow. There would first be a case series review. The doctor would go through hundreds of patient charts to find cases of VS that they have seen at the University. Then make a systematic analysis of what they do and don't have in common.

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Photophobia
Photophobia, or light sensitivity, is one of the common symptoms that is associated with visual snow. It is an intolerance of light. Headlights, sunlight, fluorescent bulbs, incandescent light, and camera flashes can all be very bothersome to the eye. You may need to squint or close your eyes to escape it, and are often left with a persistent after-image.
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