Meet Khaled, our #WarriorOfTheWeek, & hear his #VSS story. 🌨👁🧠

Spotlight on: Khaled Al Refai 👓

“When I first started suffering from VS, I always thought that I’m stuck in this situation of dots flickering & shaking forever & there will be no cure so I’ll have to cope w/ this for the rest of my life. But w/ the VSI, I started to have hope again that someday a cure will be found.

Visual Snow is really hard when you think about it all the time, because that makes your symptoms worse. When sometimes you sit w/ a group of people & start having a sensory overload from all the symptoms affecting you, I start feeling isolated & that I can no longer sit around w/ people. Since I’m studying computer science, I had to stay in front of a computer screen for long hours. That’s where I had to become stronger, I didn’t drop out of university or stop attending classes even though I had strong headaches from all the visual disturbance going in my head. Instead, I got stronger & believed in a cure so I worked hard on my assignments & finally achieved good grades. Over the past year I have found some ways that make life w/ VSS easier & really helped me stay strong. One of these are tinted glasses, either fl-41 or any yellow tinted glasses. For me, they reduce the flickering & intensity of the VS itself, & it tends to help night vision & brighten dim areas. It can also help w/ photophobia. Secondly, sufferers must stay away from stress as for me it’s the main trigger. Reducing caffeine intake, alcohol, sweets, & processed food might help. Lastly, I’ve noticed when not thinking about VS it is easy to ignore & not notice it often as for me it gets much worse when thinking about it all the time.

To all out there who suffer from VSS, you are not alone, thousands are suffering from this syndrome. All you can do right now is do what you love, exercise & live your life, don’t let this condition take control of your life, & stay positive that a cure will be found.”

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Introducing The Visual Imagery Project

The Visual Snow Initiative is excited to announce the release of the Visual Imagery Project (VIP), a 21-day online protocol designed to reduce visual snow symptoms via custom created visual imagery. Those who would like to participate can register now and begin your 21 day protocol. To begin, click here: visualsnowproject.com.

  • In order to get the full benefit of the Visual Imagery Project, we encourage you to watch both video tutorials.
  • Only desktops and laptops can be used for the VIP.
  • Only Google Chrome and Firefox browsers will work with the VIP.
  • These browsers are available for download free of charge on the VIP’s homepage.
  • The VIP’s protocol is 21 days and each session is approximately 30 minutes per day.
  • Each day, before beginning the viewing session, you will need to complete a Progress Evaluation. The information you provide will be saved daily in order to track your progress.
  • Due to the size of the visual imagery files used in the VIP, a strong WiFi connection is required. If you experience any technical difficulties with the Visual Imagery Project (VIP), please email us at info@visualsnowinitiative.org

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