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Visual Snow Syndrome: Revealing the Mysteries

Provider: Mivision

Contact: Nikki Byrne, [E], [P] 02 8336 8616

Activity Outline

Visual snow (VS) is a recently accepted and increasingly researched condition where children and adults see pixelated dots in all of their vision; like an old TV screen with static. It may be present from a very early age, or it can be acquired at any age, sometimes in association with concussion or a health issue, but often there is no obvious reason for the onset of constant visual dots. Until recently, the symptoms were confused with migraine aura, but the conditions are separate.

VS may occur without other symptoms or with a range of symptoms, and the condition can be mild or so severe that the person’s ability to function is significantly affected. The pathophysiological cause is unknown, and there is no cure for VS, but evidence is evolving to suggest tinted lenses and/or optometric vision therapy may significantly reduce the symptoms in some people with visual snow.

Learning Objectives

  • Be aware of visual snow and its prevalence
  • Understand the symptoms and how it affects vision and quality of life
  • Be aware of how the impact of visual snow may be reduced
  • Realise the role of optometric vision therapy in treating these patients

Max CPD hours awarded: 1.5

Session Information

Visual Snow Syndrome: Revealing the Mysteries
Duration of CPD Session/Module
Duration of CPD Session/Module inclusive of Assessment Component

Acknowledgement of Country

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