This is my migraine with aura self-portrait. Yeah, fun with camera day.
Visual auras are an amazing, fantastic, insane and distorting phenomena that I wish I could capture with a camera. I get so many of them that it would be awesome if I could take a snapshot of each one and say... this is what I tend to get. And then even the random spectacularly weird ones because they are so random and spectacular.
I do get the Visual snow...
And visual snow often comes with these sorts of things:
blue field entoptic phenomenon.
Now... actual auras... like scintillating scotomas can happen before a migraine or just randomly or when i go out into a bright sunlight enviroment. They can be the sort that is in one eye progresses over the hour slowly and takes over the vision bit by bit and then passes. Or just a bright arch of scintillations... lots of multicolored sparkles that stays there for quite some time in both eyes. Or it can be a bright vortex in the middle of my vision the starts small and expands and contorts... generally in whites and blues, like a bruise I guess. So here are some examples of that sort of aura.
Post : scintillating scotoma migraineauras Videos Check out this post to see some videos on this aura.
And last but not least would be the fact that I have an aura... or issue with my persistent migraine auras where I look at an object and the straight lines warp and twist. So the line of a door wobbles... looks like it is moving if I'm not looking at it directly... so when I do look at it, then I see that the line of the door is just not staying straight. Same with books and shelves. Lines and patterns. They all twist and wobble. Obviously made worse by the VS, which is this static of dots which always move in the background or that pulsing in the air which is also creating movement... so focusing on things with this additional contortion just makes it worse... in fact my eyes don't Want to focus on things when they are that bad, they shift away, or unfocus or can't focus right. Or the object seems to shimmer or warp more.
So there are a lot of visual phenomena possible with visual snow and persistent migraine auras. Not even sure I covered all the ones I get because there are so damn many, but I think I got the basics down anyway and some of the distorting ones. It can obviously cause issues with visual acuity in bright environments and dark ones.
Also I should mention vertigo can be an added complication into this mix. You can perceive vertigo. For example when you are driving and stop... you may perceive motion still on the road... like the road is still moving. You may get out of the car and still see the sidewalk moving. It may begin to distort you perception of space... making things feel closer or farther than they should be, or Too 3D. It may make it hard to track motion with your eyes, giving it an almost trailer feel because your eyes are not tracking right. And there is this thing I get where an aura mixes with the vertigo... so traveling on the highway and stop... and I see billions of particles flying past the window like I'm going at warp speed through space, weirdest damn thing... like I am seeing my feeling of vertigo.
Read more about Visual snow here: Visual Snow: What is this neurological disorder all about?
Read more about VS and persistent migraine aura experience in this post Migraines messing with my mind
Read more about VS and phenomena associated with it in this post: Visual Snow- Persistent aura without infarction
Read more about aura in general found-awesome-break-down-of-migraine.post