In Case You Missed It: VSI Virtual Summit 2022
The Visual Snow Initiative invites you to learn about the Tsang/Shidlofsky Visual Snow Protocol and the latest advancements in treating Visual Snow Syndrome in this free virtual event.
The Important Condition You Probably Haven’t Heard of
What is Visual Snow Syndrome (VSS)?
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Fundraising & Research
“Our neurovisual research group at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is extremely grateful for the support and we are busy planning the research trial. Without the support of the Visual Snow Initiative, the trial would never be possible. We expect to have...
Dr. Owen White, Dr. Joanne Fielding and colleagues, Melbourne, Australia Phenomenal work! You did it! The VSI Crowdrise campaign for Visual Snow research resulted in donations from around the world. The Visual Snow Initiative team matched your donations and we are so...
Dr. Peter Goadsby and colleagues, London, England Fantastic job! You did it! Our Crowdrise campaign for Visual Snow research resulted in donations from around the world. The Visual Snow Initiative team matched your donations. In a recent press release, Dr. Goadsby...
Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation provided successful remediation of palinopsia and Oculomotor Dysfunction in patients with VSS
Article/Study Title “Remediation of Visual Snow (VS) and Related Phenomena in a Neuro-Optometric Practice: A Retrospective Analysis” Researchers Barry Tannen, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, Jacob Brown, OD, Kenneth J. Ciuffreda, OD, PhD, FCOVD, FAAO, FARVO, Noah M. Tannen,...
“I have visual-snow syndrome. This is what it's like living with static-like vision 24/7.” Author: Paola Rosa-Aquino Sierra Domb is the CEO and founder of the Visual Snow Initiative and has visual-snow syndrome. This is Domb's story, as told to science reporter Paola...
Article/Study Title “Pediatric Visual Snow Syndrome (VSS): A Case Series” Researchers Kenneth J. Ciuffreda, OD, PhD, M.H. Esther Han, OD, Barry Tannen, OD Introduction The clinical condition of “visual snow syndrome” (VSS) is relatively rare and uniquely...
The Origin of VSI
The Cure of Understanding
The Visual Snow Initiative (VSI) is an extension of the Visual Snow Conference, which was held on May 5th, 2018 at UCSF. The Visual Snow Conference was established to shine a light on Visual Snow Syndrome by raising awareness, providing education, and fostering understanding for those whose lives are directly affected by this medical condition. Footage of the entire event is available for free on our website.
Why We Have to Help
The term, “Visual Snow”, may sound harmless; but this medical condition is life-altering and can be frightening. Compared to everyone around them, people with Visual Snow Syndrome see the world very differently.
Without warning or cause, patients are forced to view life through a constant overlay of static with thousands of tiny moving dots and lights covering their entire visual field. (This is comparable to trying to see in the middle of a dense, severe snowstorm; hence, the name). They are also subjected to other disturbing imagery, ranging from palinopsia to extreme light sensitivity.
Beyond being bothersome and alarming, all of these symptoms can make daily tasks exhausting or impossible. Moreover, symptoms last 24/7, whether the patient’s eyes are open or closed. Visual Snow does not discriminate; it affects thousands of people of all ages around the world from different walks of life.
Research indicates that Visual Snow Syndrome is a neurological condition, meaning the problem originates in the brain, not the eyes. (A.K.A. Its genesis is in the brain, but it affects the eyes.) This would explain why ophthalmological/optometric tests (eye exams) come back “normal” for patients with Visual Snow and why it is so difficult for doctors to diagnose.
Awareness and knowledge about Visual Snow Syndrome must replace unnecessary and invasive medical testing. For many, Visual Snow can be traumatic and isolating. The Visual Snow Initiative (VSI) is dedicated to further understanding this condition and working on a potential treatment/cure for it.
We often take the ability to see our world clearly for granted; those with Visual Snow do not have this luxury.
“I was determined not to let Visual Snow stifle my ambition. I did not want this circumstance to turn me into a person I wasn’t.”
Sierra Domb, Founder
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Let’s work together to raise awareness and education for Visual Snow Syndrome within the medical community and amongst the public! Once both of these are firmly established, then we can get closer to solutions and importantly, a cure.