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originally posted by: Pilgrum
I've been seeing 'phosphenes' for over 40 years - bright sparkling tiny spots in my vision that seem to move around randomly. It only happens occasionally, mostly when I cough or sneeze and it only lasts a few minutes normally before they fade out but very distracting when trying to visually concentrate on other things.
originally posted by: Phage
Sounds like what is called an ocular migraine. I get them too. Mostly harmless, though if it occurs while driving it could be problematic.
"Little is known about this rare condition, and it has conventionally been regarded as a variant of migraine aura—though recent research shows this is not the case. Visual snow is now regarded as a unique syndrome—usually presenting with other symptoms, such as persistent afterimages, photophobia, enhanced blue field entoptic phenomenon and tinnitus."
The next phase of visual snow research will begin in early 2015 in London, England and Munich, Germany. If you have visual snow syndrome and would like to be contacted to possibly participate in the study, please email Prof. Goadsby and Dr. Schankin [see web site for address].edit on 9-1-2016 by OuttaHere because: A few typos
The severity or density of the "snow" differs from one person to the next;