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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by DIME, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. DIME

    DIME New Member

    Hello everyone,

    I'm Dime and my experience with visual snow had an almost imperceptible begining. As a young lad I often saw many floating things in my vision which drove me to great curiosity. These things looked like little dust particles in my eyes, or microbes, I theorized. One day I recieved a kid's microscope as a present for my Bday and upon examination of many chemicals I saw similar floating objects as in my eye. I now know that these are real objects such as proteins which many people commonly see. However there were other anomalies as well. Sometimes I would see random zipping light balls appear like a shooting star and then vanish into the ether of my visual field. Other than these things I actually had impecable vision.

    Later in my life I noticed how to manipulate my eyes. When I rubbed them at around the age of 12 I noticed lights that looked like blood vessels and light would shoot across them quickly as I applied pressure. I thought it looked cool but didn't know what it was, and I still don't know why pushing on the eye has this effect! Around this same time I was obsessed with animated television and TV in general, sometimes I would stare into the static of the old TV just to analyze it or comprehend the complexity of it. As a side note I also remember the distinct high pitch squeal that TVs make when they are turned on, which sounds quite a bit like my tinnitus now btw.

    Sometime between 15-16 I developed some visual snow, which started off light and got progressively worse. Some probable causes:

    Staring at the sun in my youth, Television caused it, marijuana use at age 16, tried to get high on cough syrup once (traumatizing experience), chemical exposure of some kind, stress, genetics, computer over-use, listening to music at extremely high volumes causing tinnitus, and psychiatric medication, head trauma, maybe alcohol.

    Of course any combination may be possible, and many factors are probably involved....

    To be perfectly honest, VS never really bothered me and still rarely bothers me because I think its kind of cool to have something special. It may be a 'disease', but its also probably the coolest and least deadly, so I have gratitude for that. At one point in my life I actually recall wishing I could see things differently than people, in a literal way, so I really have no right to complain, even given the moderate intensity of the visual effects it gives me.

    The only things that does concern me is a fairly new experience of blindness. If I keep my eyes trained on one spot for too long, sometimes a condensed area of visual snow will form and causing a blindspot, which if ignored, will actually grow and consume my entire visual feild with darkness and visual snow which only goes away when I shake it off by moving my eyes around like normal.

    For instance today in class I was watching the professor give lecture so I conducted an experiment of sorts; I turned on a trippy visual on youtube (mandelbrot zoom:
    ) and had it play in my peripheral vision as my pupils and mind attempted focus to the professor. The result was that VS combined and meshed with video, creating crazy static. This static was not limited to the laptop screen but accumulated so much that the visual snow effect of meshing leaked off of the page like with an effusion effect and caused my mind to be overwhelmed by the stimulation. Occasionally the VS would totally consume the image, turning the screen almost completely black in my perceptual field.

    My hypothesis is simply that the visual center cannot processes all of the complex input from the screen in the peripheral view so it tries to compensate or eliminate the image with visual snow...

    Also, exercise has a similar effect, specifically running, when if my blood pressure goes too high the VS starts to nibble at my peripherals and my accelerated heartbeat makes the veins in my eyes pump so hard that I can see them like a transparent pulsating outline overlaying my vision. Not sure if I just need to fix my BP or wut, but I'm only 20 so this part feels eerie.

    One final phenomenon I find interesting with VS is that when I go to sleep my awareness (visual perception of my awareness) seems to 'step into' my visual snow field. Its like stepping into a space inside of my own vision, or rather floating into it as I drawn nearer to sleep.

    To finish up this long post, I'll just say that visual snow is both a curse and a blessing. Although I'm not sure why I have it, it is quite fascinating. I would get rid of my tinnitus in an instance, but my visual snow I almost enjoy. I hope to get to know the stories of many people here and find similarities.


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  2. Scotsofrenic

    Scotsofrenic New Member

    Hi Dime...
    Did you damage your eyes when starring at the sun?

    I did the same thing not too long back and caused permanent blind spots in my vision.

    Great post by the way and very interesting
  3. DIME

    DIME New Member

    Thanks for the message Scot,

    Certainly it light can permanently damage the retina.

    "With enough damage to the retina, though, staring at the sun can leave you partially blind. Prolonged UV exposure can damage the macula, a tiny substructure of the retina responsible for the majority of your central detail vision...Permanent, complete blindness can also occur" [https://gizmodo.com/5926497/what-happens-when-you-stare-at-the-sun]

    And now that I think about it, Several times in my life someone has shone a laser pointer directly into my eye. How about you?

    "specialists said he suffered dark spots, known as central scotomas after accidentally shining the laser light into his eyes.
    The laser also cut the sharpness of his vision by half."[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...ointer-warning-teenager-burns-eyes-beam.html]

    however for most people with visual snow, there is mysteriously no damage detectable on the eye itself.
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