Hello everyone. I thought that I would offer some tips for those of you that are suffering with visual snow. It doesn't seem to be a universal symptom for everyone with MAV but it seems to be a common symptom. I've searched this board and read quite a few threads about visual snow. I want to share with you how I reduced my visual snow.
I like some other people who have VS first noticed it as a child. I thought that I had super vision and I could see atoms floating around in my bedroom at night. The strange part is that my visual snow seemed to have went away from the time I was a probably about 10 years old until last fall when I was 32 years old. I wasn't sure WHY or even if it actually did go away but my awareness of it did?
It came back full on after my first vertigo attack. Even after the vertigo subsided, I was left with roaring tinnitus in my left ear and very active visual snow. I also developed eye floaters for the first time in my life. It sent me into a spiral of depression and anxiety. I convinced myself that it was too hard to live with visual snow and eye floaters. I didn't want to get out of bed. I felt like I couldn't enjoy anything. I felt robbed of my life.
I'm a fairly positive person but the visual snow changed me. This lasted for months for me. I was starting to think that I would go blind. I was losing sleep and very anxious all the time. I would think about my vision from the time I woke up, until I went to bed. That is when I started researching ways to cure visual snow and eye floaters. I found out quickly that they were both "uncurable".
I decided one day that I HAD to get better. From visual snow. From eye floaters. From vertigo and light sensitivity. From all of it. I decided that I WOULD. There wasn't any question. Whenever I found myself thinking about my eyes or thinking about the symptoms, I would stop myself and say "I'm going to be cured".
I also found a video on youtube (its very easy to find if you search for visual snow) about a young man who claims he nearly cured his VS with neck stretching and better posture. I thought--what the heck! I'll give it a shot. I started stretching my neck, every time I thought about it. Several times a day. I reminded myself to sit up straight.
Guess what? The VS started to get better! My VS is about 50% better. I'm not exaggerating.
The only thing I did was stretch my neck, sit up straight, and change my thought pattern about it.
I wanted to share this with those of you out there who feel hopeless. Who read that VS isn't curable. Don't believe that. Tell yourself it will get better. It will.
Visual snow can only take away your happiness if you let it. I realized that I'm quite lucky that I'm still able to do everything I love even with visual snow. The less I started thinking about it, the more I realized I didn't even notice it. The same with eye floaters. I can now go an entire day without thinking about it until I realize that I DIDN'T think about it.
I had a conversation with a friend recently about eye floaters and he too suffers from eye floaters. He said this "At least we have eyes to be floated in"
I hope this helps someone out there. Or at least gives you something to think about.