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Illnesses can definitely affect the eyes and may or may not always indicate actual eye problems. You have to remember that modern medicine and science are very limited and there are many disorders or symptoms even doctors and eye specialists have no answers for, all they can do is tests they have available to them and its also the same with medicines etc. It seems you are in good care having seen eye specilaists, neuroopthamologists, your doctor, and if they cant find anything seriously wrong then you need to keep that in mind and keep busy with your life as much as you can and also keep note of any changes or new symptoms or body health issues and report them to these professionals as necessary.

All illnesses are difficult to deal with and especially when your eyes are involved, but take heart that youre not alone and others are having to manage their lives just the same. All you can do is monitor your health with specialists and carry on with your life as well as you can and hopefully with family help.

The following may not apply to you but i'm just mentioning them in case others recognise the symptoms:

Sheerer's phenomenon:

This is the appearance of tiny bright dots moving quickly in the shape of squiggly lines in the visual field, especially when looking into bright blue light like the sky. The dots are white blood cells moving in the capillaries in front of the retina near the macula. There are no blood vessels on the retina in the very centre of your vision so you can't see them right in the centre. The white blood cells do not absorb blue light, whereas the red ones do, so they are sometimes visible. This phenomenon is quite normal, will do no harm and is not treatable.

Blue field entoptic phenomenon:

The 'blue field entoptic phenomenon' or 'Scheerer's phenomenon' is the appearance of tiny bright dots moving quickly along squiggly lines in the visual field, especially when looking into bright blue light (such as the sky). This is a normal effect that can be perceived by almost everybody. The dots are due to the white blood cells that move in the capillaries in front of the retina of the eye, near the macula.

Visual Snow:

Visual snow is a transitory or persisting visual symptom where people see snow or television-like static in parts or the whole of their visual fields, especially against dark backgrounds. It is much like camera noise in low light conditions.

The severity or density of the "snow" differs from one person to the next; in some circumstances, it can inhibit a person's daily life, making it difficult to read, see in detail and focus correctly. The "snow" is more generalized than the "blue-sky sprites" or "worms" seen in the blue field entoptic phenomenon.

Look them up if they might apply to you but remember, only an eye specialist can confirm the diagnosis although its worth mentioning each if it may help them rule them out.

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