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The Cure Of Understanding
The Visual Snow Initiative is an extension of The Visual Snow Conference held May 5th 2018 at UCSF. The Visual Snow Conference was established to shine a light on Visual Snow by raising awareness and understanding for those whose lives are directly affected by this condition. The conference film will be available this summer for free on the Visual Snow Conference website.
Visual Snow News
The Visual Snow Initiative is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Goadsby and the Founder of The Visual Snow Initiative have appeared for a taping on The Doctors, a CBS show with a national and global reach. Date of airing will be announced in the coming weeks. The...
The 2018 Visual Snow Conference is recognized and published in the September issue of The Journal of...
The Visual Snow Initiative team recently met with Ed Boyden, PhD, Neurobiologist at MIT, to discuss ways to utilize their advanced technologies to help unlock the mysteries of Visual Snow. Boyden is the leader of the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, a team at...
Why We Do It
The Visual Snow Initiative is an extension of The Visual Snow Conference held May 5th 2018 at UCSF. The Visual Snow Conference was established to shine a light on Visual Snow by raising awareness and understanding for those whose lives are directly affected by this condition.
Visual Snow sounds like it’s harmless, but it is not. It affects people of all ages, but mostly young people in their teens and 20’s. Their eyes are perfect but their world looks far different. Without warning or cause, people with Visual Snow see the world in an overlay of hundreds of tiny moving dots across their field of vision, as well as other disturbing images.
Nobody knows the cause. The images are a 24/7 battle with the eyes open or closed. Research indicates that Visual Snow is a neurological problem, meaning the problem originates in the brain, not the eyes. This would explain why eye tests come back normal for patients with Visual Snow and why it is so difficult for doctors to diagnose.
We need awareness and knowledge to replace unnecessary medical tests. Visual Snow can be traumatic and isolating. We are working on understanding the condition and finding a cure.
What we see in our world we often take for granted…those with Visual Snow cannot.