What is Visual Snow?

Visual Snow is a condition that appears similar to static on a television set, appearing across the entire visual field. Learn more ...

What are Floaters?

Floaters are a condition characterized by the appearance of specks, or spots appearing either intermittently, or constantly across the visual field. Learn more ...

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular Degeneration is a visual disturbance that can result in loss of central vision, which often entails inability to see fine details, to read, or to recognize faces. Learn more ...

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My name is Danielle, and I have had VS for as long as I can remember. I am 24 now, but I can recall seeing the snow when I was very little. I thought it meant I was still tired, so I would sleep all day, but still see the spots.? I thought everyone saw them, until I told my mom about them one day and she took me to see an ophthalmologist.? They did some tests on me, but couldn't see anything wrong, and basically told me I was making it up. After that, I just learned to live with it and I never really told anyone about it. This January, I had LASIK surgery to correct my vision. It worked wonderfully, except there is a drastic increase in my VS, especially at night. It was always the worst at night, but now it's to the point where I have to feel my way along the walls because the snow just overtakes everything. The VS is much worse on solid backgrounds (sky, walls). The VS is there 24/7, eyes open or closed, it just never goes away. I would love to see for 2 seconds without these spots in front of my eyes, I can't even imagine how clear things would look.?
I went to see a retinal specialist the other day, and she determined there is nothing wrong with my eyes, but is sending me for an ERG to see if something is wrong with the way my eyes and brain interact.?

Yesterday I had two ERGs done where it was determined that there is nothing wrong with my eyes, nor the way in which my eyes and brain send messages to one another. I feel like I keep hitting dead end after dead end, and the doctors don't really believe me. I feel as though I am being tested for all the wrong things, because they doctors have NO CLUE what I am trying to describe to them. I am sick of going to Dr.'s that have never even heard of visual snow. It clearly exists, if we all share the same symptoms. I honestly feel as though it isn't life threatening, and also that I will never be cured, but I don't want to give up! I want to know WHY we have to live with this.

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Personal Story from a Sufferer of VS, PMA and Floaters

I grew up in the South Florida area. Currently live in Atlanta practicing Architecture.
I have had visual snow for about 41 years, having VS continuously since I was 17 or so. At that adolescent age with typical coping difficulties and the prevailing VS symptoms, no doctor knew anything about, I felt very isolated and wound up in a psychologist?s office. Surely my parents and the psychologist thought it was 100% emotional. In addition, at that time I had a lot of tests EKG, neurologist., ophthalmologist and the like. All normal.

Late last year, I lost my job and have been going through a tougher than normal time. I returned a therapist for some good ol? counseling which has helped tremendously. What has become noticeable and at times bothersome is the VS. I was given Paxil and Seroquel XR at night to help with job loss- related depression.
I don?t know if during this recent time the VS has really become more intense, but certainly more noticeable because I have more time to notice and at times ruminate and obsess about it. By the way, the meds. help with the coping with the VS.

What is strange about VS looking back is that there were long periods throughout the years, months at a time when I wouldn?t even notice it or have any issue.

The revelation came when two months ago, I just happened to Google search the symptom ?twinkling?, anxiety symptoms related to the eye. I came across the EOV website and others and discovered I wasn?t alone (aka ?nuts?) and there is are others with the VS that I had.? I?m not alone!!!! I was ecstatic after all these years!!! I burnt out my printer. Killed lots of trees printing a manual on VS and floaters. Thank God for the internet.

Then the somewhat sobering news that there is little known about it, cause and treatment, as well as some medications that have been tried. Very empirical treatments to say the least.

I am going to pursue further diagnostics at this age to see if there are any experimental medications I could try. Emory Eye Center, Bascom Palmer, what doctor I am not sure. Either way, I can live with VS but want to explore. Wouldn?t it be something if I could see without the full vision of PMA, VS and floaters. I hope I could handle it. I can.

Rick Rakusin

Stem cell treatment for Macular Degeneration in Germany

Macular degeneration is a retinal degenerative disease that causes progressive loss of central vision. The risk of developing Macular degeneration increases with age. The disease most often affects people in their sixties and seventies........


PRLog (Press Release) ? Apr 29, 2010 ? Macular degeneration is a retinal degenerative disease that causes progressive loss of central vision. The risk of developing Macular degeneration increases with age. The disease most often affects people in their sixties and seventies. Macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss in individuals over the age of fifty.
Now a day?s treating incurable diseases is not a major issue, Stem Cell Therapy has helped many patients getting treatment for incurable diseases of which Macular Degeneration is one disease.

SCGF center in Germany is one such center known for providing the stem cell treatments to the needy patients suffering from macular degeneration following the proper ethical standards. The stem cells are first collected from a patient's bone marrow, extracted from the hipbone (iliac crest) then re-injected; stem cells have the potential to transform into multiple types of cells and are capable of regenerating damaged tissue. Our innovative stem cell treatments use the self-healing potential of each patient's own body to stimulate regeneration or repair.

Here is the case of one female patient, 45 years of age who got her treatment from one of the SCGF center in Germany. In the past, this patient had undergone several photodynamic laser macula treatments and two "lucentis" intra vitreo injections with a disastrous clinical result. Her clinical condition continued to worsen.

At last she finds her way to SCGF center in Germany and when she arrived at the center in for the first time, she had a central scotoma on the left eye and she was not able to count her fingers. In the right eye the experts observed the onset of macula degeneration with macula epiteliopathy and 9/10 corrected visual acuity that have been able to preserve until the present.

After some detoxification treatments the patient was sent to the center for a bilateral autologous stem cell retro-bulbar implantation. Just two weeks after the treatment, during an objective, standardized examination, this patient showed significant improvement.
As per the experts the retro-bulbar injection of autologous stem cells might first prevent the progression of dry and wet macular degeneration by reducing the Drusen deposits in the retinal pigment epithelium beneath the macula. It also prevents the destruction of the photoreceptors in both the dry and wet type, by reactivating proper micro-vessel activity and reducing the abnormal blood vessel growth beneath.

SCGF Center operates treatment centers in Cologne and D?sseldorf, Germany. It is the first privately-owned clinic in Europe to specialize in regenerative medicine using autologous bone marrow stem cell therapy and operates in accordance with German law and European guidelines. Its specialized medical team of German physicians includes specialists in: neurosurgery, orthopedics, cardiology, radiology, anesthesiology and pharmacology.

?As global stem cells market is seen to have such a big projection in the coming years we don?t want to leave behind in providing Stem Cell Therapy and Cord blood transplants to the needy ones giving smiles on their faces? says, Mr. Karan Goel, Chairman, Stem Cell Global Foundation


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