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Visual Snow Warrior of the Week-Paul Schuch

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Spotlight on: Paul Schuch @_paulschuch


My name is Paul, and I’m 32 years old, and I live in Vienna, Austria.

When I was around 6 years old, I noticed that something had changed with my visual and that I noticed black and white dots all over the place.

It started after I ran into a shovel that accidentally hit me between the eyes while playing with friends. Since then, I remember stressing out about it and even visiting some doctors, but nobody could tell me what it was. I even visited a special eye clinic in Salzburg when I was 17, but they couldn’t help me.

So I lived with it, sometimes researching on the web but never found a thing. Sometimes it didn’t bother me so much, and sometimes, it got worse.

Most of the time, it was better when I just had the chance to ignore it or find peace with it. But often, I noticed side effects next to the dots, too, and they got worse when sitting in rooms with lots of people in bright light, reading a book, staring at bright screens, etc. Sometimes everything seemed a little blurry or as if I saw double too.

In these moments, I became tired quickly, had big concentration problems, and couldn’t focus well. And after so many years, I finally stumbled on this website, and it finally has a name.

I finally know what it is and that I’m not the only one. That’s my story. I hope I can support getting VSS out in the world and help find a cure or at least find ways to improve the symptoms.

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