Introducing our awesome #WarriorOfTheWeek, Sydney! Hear how photography helps her deal with her #VS, along with her advice to the rest of the community. 📸👁🧠

Spotlight on: Sydney Swogger 😁 @sydcanonphotos

“My name is Sydney and I have had Visual Snow for as long as I can remember. I often remember asking my mom and friends if they could see the “dots” in the room, but no one could. I knew my vision was not quite normal, but I brushed it off hoping it would go away. It never did. It wasn’t until my freshman year of college when I decided to figure out what it was. Visual Snow Syndrome popped up, and I instantly knew that’s what I had. While I am only slightly impacted by the snow (driving at night, finding a light switch in the dark, etc.), my love for photography helps me find strength. When I’m looking through the lens, I forget about the snow. Nothing else matters except whatever I am capturing. Photography gave me a way to relax, smile, and connect with others. Finding a passion and sticking to it is the best advice I can give to those who are struggling. Keep pushing on, you got this!”

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New Visual Snow Syndrome Study!

The VSI has been working with Dr. Tsang in California and Dr. Shidlofsky in Texas. Both doctors have been highly successful in reducing, and in some cases, eliminating symptoms of Visual Snow Syndrome in their patients. When we learned that their philosophies and methods were strikingly similar and effective, the VSI put them in contact with each other. They are now collaborating on an enhanced VSS protocol. They will be accepting new patients for this study.

Today, the VSI will be releasing a series of informational videos on our YouTube channel in which Dr. Tsang and Dr. Shidlofsky discuss their experience in treating VSS. The VSI will also post video testimonials from their patients. We are enthusiastic and optimistic to share Dr. Tsang’s and Dr. Shidlofsky’s insights with the VSS community. If you would like to make an appointment with either Dr. Tsang or Dr. Shidlofsky, their contact information will appear at the end of each video. Watch the videos here:

We recognize that the majority of people with VSS cannot travel to California or Texas to take part in this study. Therefore, once the study has concluded, Dr. Tsang and Dr. Shidlofsky have agreed to make a series of instructional videos that will show their step-by-step protocol, which can be done at home. They will offer suggestions and techniques that will allow the use of household items versus in-office medical equipment. The VSI will also make these videos available.

We would like to thank Dr. Tsang, Dr. Shidlofsky, Kelsey NaPier, and Michael Neustifter for their kind and generous contribution to the VSS community.

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