Author: Vanessa Mora
Role: Director of Research at VSI

Interview With:

Dr. Victoria Pelak
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, Colorado

In my recent conversation with Dr. Victoria Pelak, Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology in the Department of Neurology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has recently directed, published, and completed enrollment for a TMS study protocol. The study protocol aims to investigate the use of rTMS intervention to improve symptoms and visual dysfunction associated with visual snow (VS); the study protocol also describes the challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The study protocol can be accessed through the following link: 

 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fneur.2021.724081/full

In addition, Dr. Pelak described during her practice that she lets patients know that current treatment options are only limited to alleviating symptoms. She recommends that her patients focus on pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical treatments to control migraine, headaches, anxiety, and depression. As for light sensitivity complications, Dr. Pelak advises patients to use FL-41 tinted lenses indoors. She also recommends visual occupational therapists who assist patients with color-tinted lenses to alleviate VSS symptoms. Furthermore, Dr. Pelak states that exercising, meditation, and a healthy balanced diet can improve overall daily functioning. 

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