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Visual Snow Syndrome

Diagnostic Criteria

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Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico
Visual Snow Syndrome

Signs and Symptoms

For a full list of symptoms and images depicting each symptom, please see the information and visual aids below.

*excessive floaters in both eyes, excessive blue field entoptic phenomenon (uncountable little grey/white/black dots or rings shooting over the visual field of both eyes when looking at homogeneous bright surfaces such as the blue sky), self-lighting of the eye (colored waves or clouds perceived when closing the eyes in the dark), and spontaneous photopsia (bright flashes of light)

What is It Like Having VSS?

Visual Symptoms

Visual Snow

Palinopsia

Excessive Floaters

Photophobia

Enhanced entoptic phenomena

Nyctalopia

Starbursts

Migraine Aura

Halos

Diplopia (Double Vision)

Diplopia (Double Vision)

Visual distortions

Visual distortions

What is It Like Having VSS?

Non-Visual Symptoms

Insomnia

Depersonalization

Anxiety and/or Depression

Frequent Migraines, Brain fog, and Confusion

Dizziness and Nausea

Paresthesia

Sensory disturbances (such as “brain zaps”, or electric shock sensations)

Sensory disturbances (such as “brain zaps”, or electric shock sensations)

Susceptibility to sensory overload (the brain receives more sensory input than it can handle, triggering a “flight-or-fight” response)

Susceptibility to sensory overload (the brain receives more sensory input than it can handle, triggering a “flight-or-fight” response)

Sensory hypersensitivity

Sensory hypersensitivity / hyperesthesia (sensitivity to stimuli, such as sights and sounds)

Tinnitus

VSI News

Articles about VSS Symptoms

Conclusion

Authors and Summary

Peter Goadsby, MD PhD
Professor of Neurology, King’s College London

Owen White, MD PhD FRACP
Professor of Neurosciences, Monash University, Australia

Victoria Susan Pelak, MD
Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology, University of Colorado, Denver

Yasser Khan, MD FRCSC
Oculoplastic, Orbital, and Ophthalmic Surgery

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