Why am I seeing flashing lights and dots? The three symptoms of Visual Snow Syndrome


Are you seeing flashing lights and dots? This could be down to a number of things, including a condition called Visual Snow Syndrome. Express.co.uk chatted to All About Vision’s medical reviewer Dr. Shane Kannarr to find out everything you need to know about Visual Snow Syndrome.

Although ‘visual snow’ sounds pleasant, it’s a condition that can be highly disabling.

Not much research has been done on Visual Snow Syndrome, but it’s known that two-thirds of people who experience it also develop frequent migraines.

Visual Snow Syndrome is rare with only three percent of the population experiencing it, but it’s crippling.

Seeing flashing lights and dots could be a part of the condition, but it also has other symptoms.

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How to treat Visual Snow

Visual Snow Syndrome isn’t fully recognised by the medical community yet.

Dr Shane said: “Neurologists are calling for greater awareness so sufferers can get the right treatment to help them see better, while improving their quality of life.

“Visual snow syndrome is unlikely to go away on its own, and could get worse impacting your eyesight, so it’s best to catch this condition early to avoid any irreversible damage.

“There are a few medications that may be helpful in managing some of the symptoms including antidepressants and nerve pain medication.”

While little is known about the cure, some mild lifestyle changes could also help reduce symptoms by simply improving your overall health.

The expert advised: “Try reducing screen time, keeping fit, eating a healthy diet and prioritising a good night’s sleep.

“You could also try wearing tinted glasses, some experts have suggested that shading their eyes from bright light can reduce the intensity of the condition.”

Source: | This article first appeared on Express.co.uk



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