VDM PROJECT UPDATE | SEPTEMBER 2020 | Eye Floaters

Dear VDM SUPPORTER,

The month of August was a very important period for the VDM PROJECT.

The VDM MASTERMIND TEAM worked consistently with Dr. Sebag and the VMR RESEARCH FOUNDATION to precisely define the most important projects to further the research on eye floaters.

In this article we list some important goals that the VDM Team has managed to achieve, and at the end of this article we will announce the exact date of the beginning of a new chapter for the VDM project.

 

Achievement n° 1)

The VDM PROJECT has always highlighted the importance of working on improved vitreous imaging to allow a better understanding of the condition, to find new treatment methods and to define the objective severity of the problem.

There were two essential projects for this milestone. One was developed in Poland and involved the development of a 3D OCT for viewing the vitreous body of the eye in three dimensions.

 

The other project was developed by Columbia University, in collaboration with VMRR, and focused on the enhancement of ultrasound imaging to better visualize the vitreous and to better diagnose the severity of this condition.

We are pleased to confirm that the project in Poland is in the process of obtaining a renewal of a government grant, while Columbia University, together with Dr Sebag, has prepared a very detailed grant proposal that has the possibility of being accepted by the American National Institute of Health (NIH) which will allocate a consistent sum of money that would guarantee the development of this important research.

Both projects are very important for the VDM PROJECT, and we are glad to announce there is a big possibility that both of them will move forward and give sufferers new hope to be better diagnosed after acquiring eye floaters.

 

What can you do to help us?

Simply support the VDM PROJECT, sharing its existence with everyone you know to increase understanding of this condition.

The more awareness that is created, the more likely it will be to confirm research funds to continue with  important projects regarding the development of 3D imaging.

Governments are happy to offer grants for research which aim to make a difference in treating impactful health conditions and better the life of their citizens.

 

Achievement N ° 2)

From the moment of its birth on January 1, 2020, the VDM PROJECT had as its first goal to bring together eye floater sufferers under a united movement.

After the initial difficulties, skepticism and criticism from those who thought that this was just one of those projects destined to end in nothing, today the VDM PROJECT has completed the startup of the project thanks to the birth of the VDM MASTERMIND TEAM.

 

This team is an international mastermind comprised entirely of eye floater sufferers who work closely with Dr. Sebag, creating synergy around the world to raise awareness of the condition of eye floaters.

Starting from nothing, today the VDM MASTERMIND TEAM has over 40 members from all over the world who consistently communicate and move forward with the project, united and confident of its success.

The VDM MASTERMIND team ensures that the project keeps moving forward and that the goals are achieved day after day with continuous contact with Dr. Jerry Sebag and his research team.

 

What can you do to support us?

If you feel that you want to be part of this incredible mastermind team and become a protagonist for the progress of the VDM PROJECT, you can click here and request to join the group.

Your talent could make a big difference in the success of the VDM PROJECT.

 

>>> JOIN THE VDM MASTERMIND TEAM <<<

 

NEW PHASE: IT IS TIME TO SUPPORT THE RESEARCH

On October 1st, 2020 a fundraising campaign will begin for three independent research projects developed by Dr. Sebag and the VMR RESEARCH FOUNDATION.

These are three research projects which, if completed, will take us one step closer to developing an effective non-invasive treatment for eye floaters.

 

What can you do to help us?

In the next few days the specific details of these projects, the monthly goals to be achieved and how you can be part of them will be released.

Keep an eye on your e-mail, as you will receive an important update in the next few days.

Remember, if we join as one great movement, we can make it!

 

Let’s unite for clear vision!

VDM PROJECT TEAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Cope With Floaters

People say eye floaters are only a problem for those who obsess about them.

However, as they are present in your eyes almost every second of the day, it can be a hard challenge to overcome.

Considering that surgery is only an option for those with severe floaters, coping mechanisms are essential for those who have trouble living with floaters.

 

IMPORTANT:

Before you proceed reading this article, please DOWNLOAD THIS PDF right here

 

How To Cope: Tactics and Strategies

The first year of floaters is definitely the worst. Following the first year, floaters are still very bothersome and annoying, but mentally you will be in a better state.

Here is a list of tips that could help cope with floaters:

 

  1. Stay Active.Sitting still and doing nothing may cause your mind to overthink your floaters, resulting in anxiety and worry. When you start to feel this way, get up and do something. Go for a walk or a bike ride, catch up with a friend, put on your favorite DVD, TV show, exercise, etc. Basically do whatever you like to do the most. This is especially important during the first year of floaters since it’s the worst period (because it is still new to you).

 

Eye floaters themselves can’t hurt you, but worrying endlessly about them can affect your mental health and drag you down, resulting in depression and frustration. For highly stressed people, it can increase inflammatory markers and make you more sensitive to pain. Keeping busy can be a great help in overcoming your eye floater anxiety.

 

  1. Accept them and Stay Positive: As bad as it sounds, just accept that you have them. The more you fight with yourself, the more depressed and angry you will get. Try to remember that technology and medicine have advanced so much in the past and only continue to grow, so a safer solution will come. Just be patient. Don’t give up hope.

 

  1. Exercise: Try to exercise if you can. Do more cardio, it will help blood flow get to your eyes and brain, which will help improve your self esteem and allow you to focus less on your floaters.

 

  1. Sunglasses: Brown Polarized Sunglasses: This really will help disguise the floaters so they are not as obvious, especially on sunny days.  To best protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, always wear good quality sunglasses when you are outdoors and look for sunglasses that block 100 percent of all UV rays.

 

  1. Using dark mode on Computers/Electronic Devices that allow: Change your screen to dark mode–the benefits of this are not to be underestimated–or dim your screen at the very least to reduce glare. Having a darker screen will make the floaters much harder to notice. This would also help you remain focused on what you are doing and will reduce a lot of frustration. Then floaters won’t stop you from doing work, chatting with friends, watching videos or spending more time on your pc/laptop if needed.

Also dark mode helps with eye strain. Generally, eyes get tired and sore with white backgrounds, even if one lowers the brightness. Dark mode is easy on the eyes.

 

Dark Mode Tips:

  • Windows display settings has the option to invert all colors, so a white webpage/doc will become black with white text, learm how to setup dark mode by clicking here.

 

  1. Reducing brightness on devices: Reduce the brightness of the electronic device if you cannot use dark mode

 

  1. Managing Surroundings

 

 

Office/Indoors: Bright office lights and clinical white walls are particularly problematic for eye floater sufferers, and it can be distressing working on a computer. If you have a white wall in front of you, put up a poster, picture frame, or plants and try to get more color in your office. Interiors with darker tones and more paintings or visual distractions can alleviate symptoms.It is important to communicate to your employer if you are struggling. No one will know you are struggling unless you tell them.

 

Outside Environment: It can be harder to control external environments compared to your office or home. Summer holiday destinations like beaches, coastal towns, and big open spaces will be more stress-inducing for floater-sufferers as floaters are harder to ignore on sunny days. Bright spaces, white skies and minimalist decor can suddenly become major sources of visual anxiety. A pair of good sunglasses has the ability to help reduce the amount of light your eyes receive which helps to reduce the amount that your pupils constrict in response to bright light, and this makes floaters less visible.

 

  1. Keep stress levels down

Meditation: Meditation has been practiced by individuals all over the world for thousands of years and can really help reduce your stress levels and allow you to gain control over your emotions because it calms an overactive brain. There are many different types and styles to choose from on the internet.  “Meditation is like a gym in which you develop the powerful mental muscles of calm and insight.”– Ajahn Brahm

 

Medication: Some people have reported that antI-anxiety medications have helped immensely. Seek help from your medical provider regarding this.

 

Talk to someone: Find someone to talk to about your eye floaters–a friend, partner etc. Sometimes just letting them know they’re bothering you helps to reduce your stress.

 

 

  1. Other Healthy Items

Healthy Diet: Try to eat a healthier diet. Cutting out sugars and fatty foods will not only make you feel better but can help make some of the smaller floaters less noticeable (anecdotal). Eat lots of fruits and veggies high in antioxidants, and avoid foods that are inflammatory.

 

Screen Time/Blue Light Filter: Use blue light filters on your phone and night eye chrome extension on computers. Also reduce screen time. If you’re playing video games or doing work on the computer, take a break every 15 minutes or so.

 

Get more sleep/rest your eyes. It is important to get enough sleep and rest your eyes because if you don’t, your eyes will become more sensitive to light. Getting good sleep will help your body to relax and recharge, reducing stress levels and simultaneously reducing the intensity of your reactions to stimuli such as eye floaters.

 

Finally, live your life as best you can, do not give your floaters center stage in your life, they do not deserve the limelight, focus on keeping your mind stronger than your emotions.

 

Unite for Clear Vision

 

 

 

 

 

EYE FLOATERS RESEARCH UPDATE | JULY 2020

Dear VDM Project supporters,

 

Welcome to this latest update of the project, we’re excited to share some new developments of the past couple of months.

 

As you may know, our first target is to develop better technology and techniques for imaging vitreous, which is essential to develop better diagnostic and treatment modalities.  The most promising work in this field so far has been using ultrasound technology.

 

Ultrasound Imaging

 

The use of ultrasound to provide assessment of vitreous has been in development for around 5 years.   It is extremely useful to quantify vitreous disease severity and the response to therapy. However, there is still work to be done with new advances in ultrasound technology that can provide much higher resolution and more accurate imaging.

 

The next step for the work at VMR Research is to incorporate the use of a new probe that has 5 sensors, as opposed to the single array that has been used to date. This should help achieve much better quality images.  A VMR Research collaborator presented this new 5-in-one ultrasound probe at the World Ophthalmology Congress. (26 – 29 June 2020)  We will send out more news on this presentation as soon as we can.

 

This ultrasound research and development will be done in partnership with Columbia University and Riverside Research in New York.  Future ultrasound studies will not only measure the size and number of floaters, but also analyze the importance of location within the vitreous body.

It is hoped that dynamic assessment of vitreous displacement during eye movement will more closely replicate the patient experience during reading and driving. This should provide new ways to assess severity of disease and the response to therapy.

As patients, we know that activities like reading and playing sport are made much more challenging by moving eye floaters, so this research will be a significant step in helping to better understand VDM and its impact upon quality-of-life.

 

For anyone interested in learning more about the use of ultrasound in quantifying vitreous floaters, and some of the work Professor Sebag has completed so far, this article is a good starting point:

https://iovs.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2212941

 

Here are a few videos of vitreous ultrasonography: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/by5axb4c41lq0wg/AABWkpwelG_gqkkY9ljbsspAa?dl=0

 

Alternative imaging research: OCT – Optical Coherence Tomography

 

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) technology uses light instead of sound to create an image, and can show the microstructure and anatomy of the inside and back of the eye. In vitreous, OCT could enableprecise localization e of the opacities that cause floaters and Vision Degrading Myodesopsia (VDM)..

Currently, OCT only images the back part of the vitreous body, which is not very useful for the study of VDM in research and the evaluation of patients in practice. Research teams working in Poland (Nicolas Copernicus University) and Spain (University of Murcia) are collaborating with VMR Research to develop new OCT technology to image the entire vitreous body. This is a big step forward, and plans are to make this imaging 3-dimensional, providing a comprehensive assessment of the human vitreous body in vivo.

 

How is the VDM Project using donations?

Up to now, the donations sent to the VDM Project have been used to directly support Professor Sebag and his team at VMR Research.  They have just submitted an article to the American Journal of Ophthalmology which provides a detailed examination of myopia and its relation to vitreous structure and function.  This is an important subject for the VDM Project because myopia is the second leading cause of VDM.  Also by publishing this work new interest will be generated amongst the professional community, creating more opportunities for R & D collaboration in future.  The article is currently in the review stage and is expected to be published in around 4 – 6  months’ time, the normal time-frame for scientific publications.

 

Going forward, donations will partly be used to support the work on imaging  vitreous using  ultrasound technology, as described above, the OCT imaging project, as well as other projects studying VDM in different patient groups, such as those who have had cataract surgery. There are also plans for public health outreach to the global community of floater sufferers and public awareness campaigns to raise general awareness of this important problem.

 

How to support this work

 

We hope everyone will sign up to the newsletter and help spread the word about the VDM Project.  It is critical that we continue to grow our community to reach as many people as possible, and to increase our influence to change perceptions in the medical community.

>>>SUPPORT THE RESEARCH PROJECTS HERE<<<

Thanks again for supporting this unique project, we have confidence that it will succeed and we hope you share this confidence.

 

Let’s unite for clear vision.

 

Dymock Brett | VDM Project Leadership Team

VDM PROJECT UPDATE

The past month has been very important for the VDM PROJECT.
 
On April 26th an important webinar presentation with Dr.Sebag revealed to the world the background, purpose and future aims of the VDM
PROJECT.
 
We highly recommend that anyone interested in the VDM Project takes the time to watch this webinar.
 
 
From that moment on, a huge surge of hope and positivity has shifted the persistent negative and hopeless feelings all over the internet.
 
We are now speeding up Phase One and we need your help to do so.
 
So, here are some things you can do:
 
1) Sign up for the newsletter here and become part of the pressure group, a group that will be essential when requesting support of institutions and philanthropists.
 
2) Ask 2 people you know that have floaters or want to help the cause to also sign up in the newsletter.
 
Also, we are very happy to announce that we have added a new member to the VDM TEAM, Edyta Andrzejczak, an experienced professional who will be in charge of managing the development and goals of the VDM MASTERMIND TEAM.
 
This mastermind team will be important in the development of the project as we will assign each member specific tasks to make the VDM PROJECT a global movement capable of raising awareness and funds for research in any language and any country in the world.
 
If you feel you have a skill and you want to help the project from the inside, please apply for the VDM MASTERMIND TEAM here,selections will close soon.
 
Now let’s talk about the goals we are striving to achieve and at the point we are at now.
We have 1334 subscribers to the newsletter at the moment, and we have a goal of 10.000 to create an effective pressure group.  
 
Please remember that signing up to the newsletter is ESSENTIAL if you want to RECEIVE UPDATES on the project.  Sometimes updates can get missed or lost on social media so the newsletter is the best way to stay connected to the project.
 
 
Regarding fundraising, we now have a number of supporters who have very generously made donations, and we consider that a very encouraging beginning.  As explained in the webinar, all funds go directly to Dr Sebag and his VMR Research Foundation.
 
 
Please consider a monthly support for the project and you will receive access to the VDM EDUCATION VAULT, a group of resources that will help you increase knowledge and awareness about the eye floaters condition.  


Please be aware that this vault is a work in progress and it will keep expanding as our project and knowledge grows.
 
We are now working on launching the Youtube Channel – if you want to help us, please record a quick testimonial and follow the instructions here.
 
We also have plans to begin an extensive ad campaign with the help of a Google Grant which we have been awarded, to help us cover more and more geographic areas.
 
Please apply here to help us translate the site in your language.
 
Remember, if we all UNITE, this project will be the bridge for a better and less invasive cure for this condition.
 
Let’s Unite For Clear Vision.
 
Your VDM TEAM

Google Support VMR RESEARCH with 10k/month AD BUDGET

Dear VDM Supporter,

We are excited to announce that as of this week GOOGLE are now on our side.  After an exenstive application process, the VDM Project has been awarded a Google Grant of $10,000 USD per month, which we will be using to create awareness and increase the size of our community.  Together we are stronger!

This endorsement from Google is so positive for two key reasons – firstly of course it gives us a monthy budget to access their search campaign resources, and enables us to reach a global audience of floaters sufferers, so they can be made aware of the VDM Project and Join the Fight.  The more our community grows, the more influence we will have upon the research industry and medical professionals.

Secondly, it demonstrates that the No.1 brand in the world has recognised the VDM Project as a legitimate cause that derserves support, and we a very proud of this acheivement.

As always, thanks for supporting the VDM Project and please keep a look out for more news coming soon!

See below the approval from Google Grants Team

Vitreous 3D Imaging | Eye Floaters

Video update – Vitreous imaging in a person complaining of floaters.

The VDM Project has defined as one of its first goals the development of better and more informative  IMAGING so as to enable new treatment options.  In order to adequately evaluate vitreous structure and correctly diagnose Vision Degrading Myodesopsia (VDM), and to test the success of future treatments and trials, we need new and better technologies to image human vitreous.

In this video, Professor Sebag discusses the images obtained using an optical imaging technology called Optical Coherence Tomography, or OCT.  With this technology you can clearly see in 3D the opacities within the vitreous body that interfere with the passage of light from the front of the eye (at top of scan) to the inside of the back of the eye (bottom of scan), casting shadows that are perceived  as “floaters”..

 

Professor Sebag explains the basic anatomy / structure of the eye, and then clarifies the benefits of this new technology and others, such as ultrasound, that can be used to image the vitreous body.

He explains that in addition to these qualitative images, there is a need to accurately quantify vitreous opacities in the eye (detailing their number, size and distribution), to effectively diagnose the patient.  With these tools in place, eye doctors will be able to identify cases in which the patient’s condition can be diagnosed as Vision Degrading Myodesopsia (VDM), which are the cases that merit treatment.

The video is just 5 minutes – it is a good introduction to the field of vitreous imaging and we hope that, with your support, we will have more updates to share in the future regarding the progress of imaging research teams working with the VDM Project.

 

VDM Project: Share Your Story

Can you share your eye floaters story?
The VDM Project is launching a YouTube channel for you to share your story with eye floaters.
This is the chance for the community to let researchers and other professionals understand how VDM affects a person day-to-day, from a personal perspective.
In addition, we hope these videos can provide a positive message of hope for the community – and give advice to sufferers about the best way to cope with the condition.
The videos will remain anonymous will only be used for this purpose in the VDM Project.   You do not need to share your name or location or any other personal details. We will not gather any personal information or share this content anywhere else.  We just hope to gather many testimonials to demonstrate the reality of this condition.

You can find some guidelines about how to create and send us your video here.

Please share your story if you can – thank you and let’s unite for clear vision.
Your VDM Project Team

Vdm Mastermind Team | Complete The Step 2

The VDM Mastermind Group

Since we launched the VDM Project at the start of this year, we have changed our focus from fundraising to developing a dedicated Mastermind Group. This is for two reasons. Firstly we realised that because it’s a new project, a number of people did not feel comfortable donating and wanted more information regarding the research projects (this will be coming soon).

Secondly, at this stage there is a more important factor required to accelerate progress towards new treatment options for VDM. We need a strong network and the ability to influence a variety of important stakeholders such as doctors, researchers and technology companies.

We are currently looking for new members to join our VDM Mastermind Group. This will be a select group of individuals who are committed and motivated to make a difference and work towards the goals of the VDM Project.

We are looking to run the Mastermind Group in a similar way to an ambitious company that looks for the most effective way to achieve success, so we need a variety of skills ranging from social media, direct networking, fundraising and translation.

(Please be aware that everyone in the VDM Project and the VDM Mastermind Group are volunteers, although we may have access to some funds for marketing purposes in the future.)

If you would be interested to apply for membership to this mastermind group, please follow the link below to submit an application. We require this application because we need to ensure we create a group with the correct balance of skills and with people who are motivated.

Please be aware that all members of the VDM Mastermind Group will need to be available at least once a week for a conference call (time to be confirmed). In addition to this call members will be of course expected to carry out tasks and set goals during the week.

If you cannot commit to these conditions, please consider re-applying at a later time when you can make these commitments.

>>>PLEASE APPLY HERE<<<

Thanks for taking the time to read this, we look forward to receiving your application. Successful applicants will be given access to the VDM Project Mastermind facebook group and other resources that we will share as we work together. If you have any questions please email us at info@vdmresearch.org

VDM Project – Unite for Clear Vision.

Dr. Jerry Sebag Explains The VDM PROJECT

VIDEO UPDATE: DR SEBAG ENDORSES VDM PROJECT

In this video Dr Sebag explains his role in founding VMR Research and the purpose of the VDM Project to support his work into the vitreous.  He also explains the new term VDM, and how it is used to describe clinically significant cases of vitreous eye floaters.

We are presenting this video to make it clear that Dr Sebag endorses the VDM Project and our community, and that he hopes that through outreach and education we can build a movement that will lead to new discoveries and treatment possibilities for VDM.

Please take a minute to view the video here:

A Letter From Dr.Sebag for the VDM Project

We are pleased to share this letter of endorsement and support from Dr Jerry Sebag.  

 

VMR Research Foundation

620 Newport Center Drive PMB 490

Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA

Certified by the US I.R.S. as a 501(c)(3) tax-free organization

 

 

January 3, 2020

Fabio Gallerani

VDMresearch.org

 

Dear Fabio,

 

Congratulations on launching the VDM research project. It is impressive how much you were able to accomplish in short time. I know that you placed importance on launching this project on the first day of 2020, and as an American, I find this meaningful, since we identify perfect vision as 2020. Unfortunately, this only measures visual acuity. As we have learned, many people can have visual acuity of 20/20 yet have poor vision due to a variety of causes, not the least of which is Vision Degrading Myodesopsia (VDM).

 

I began my research in Vitreous over four decades ago, and over a decade ago I became interested in the plight of patients with vitreous floaters. While the majority of these cases are not severe, many patients legitimately suffer from the negative impact of vitreous flaoters on their quality of life. As you know, we have determined that one negative impact in the degradation of contrast sensitivity function. But there are other effects that require more research for a better understanding.

 

The VMR Research Foundation is committed to learning more about vitreous, vitreous floaters, and VDM with the anticipation that this will lead to better diagnostics and less invasive cures. We are pleased to join forces with VDMresearch.org in promoting education and providing information to sufferers around the world. To this end, we are not soliciting funding support at this time and will focus upon providing education and information. As we grow, I anticipate that we will begin to raise funds to help persuade medical institutions, governments, technology corporations, and drug companies to support more research and development in this domain.

 

So let’s indeed Unite for Clear Vision.

 

                                                                                   Sincerely yours,

                                                                                  J. Sebag, MD, FACS, FRCOphth, FARVO

 
Without Professor Sebag and his foundation VMR Research, there would be no VMR Project.  This website and the resources we provide exist specifically to increase public and professional awareness of the work at VMR Research, and to try to accelerate progress towards new treatments for VDM.
 
Please take a moment to complete STEP 1 here at vdmresearch.org – we will keep you updated on our progress and you will be part of our pressure group to influence the research industry.
 
Our aim is to build a worldwide community to support Professor Sebag and his colleagues. Our aim is to be noticed by the eye health industry and its research partners. Our aim is to Unite for Clear Vision.  We hope you will join us.