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I have had visual snow for as long as I can remember. I first became aware that other people didn’t see this way when I was 10. I started crying and told my mother “there are dots everywhere! You don’t see it?”. She took me to the eye doctor who said I had 20/10 vision and that “some people are just like that” I am 52 now and it has never progressed, although now that I need glasses, I am more aware of the dots when I’m not wearing my glasses. I have also had a few episodes where I lost vision in one eye, which then progressed to both eyes — this only lasted a few hours but my father has had that too. I saw a neurologist and they said it was some kind of migraine aura (although I do not have migraines). I make the connection now between VS and these episodes, since I’ve read this has happened to others with VS. I’ve also had mild tinnitus since childhood, which I only recently realized may be connected with VS. Even though I’ve had lifelong VS, I graduated from art school and have a very good career as a photographer. Sometimes I think I may have a harder time discerning subtleties of color, but I also wonder if having VS lets me notice form and composition more. I believe there is probably some connection with having VS and living a life where visuals have such a predominant role. I’ve heard about people struggling with VS and thought that if they could be in my head for a day, it might help them to habituate to it. Mostly my brain just ignores it.

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