VDM Project: One Year Update
Dear VDM Supporters,
As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to update you on the status of the VDM Project one year after launch. While the year has been difficult for many people across the globe, we have worked hard to make progress in our fight to research a safe and effective cure for eye floaters.
Firstly, we would like to thank everybody who believes in the movement and has supported us in our goals thus far. We could not exist without your support. Secondly, we would like to thank those members of the VDM Project who have been proactive, created ideas and volunteered their own time to contributing toward clear vision for everyone.
Publications by Dr. Jerry Sebag
With his platform and scientific knowledge, Dr. Sebag is actively publishing research articles to help change perceptions of eye floaters and raise awareness for sufferers.
If VDM (eye floaters) is to be recognized as a disease within the medical community, it must be researched and proven. Dr. Sebag has worked relentlessly (and continues to do so) to change the misinformed belief that eye floaters are not a problem.
It cannot be overstated how important this is to the VDM Project and eye floater sufferers globally.
Dr. Sebag’s latest publication titled Vitreous and Vision Degrading Myodesopsia has recently been published in Progress in Retinal and Eye Research. This one of the most famous and respected ophthalmology journals in the world. The publication is an enormous achievement for Dr. Sebag and an essential step toward having eye floaters recognized as a problem.
The abstract and further information can be found here:
We would like to thank Dr. Sebag for his continued efforts in helping all eye floater sufferers.
The list of our aims and objectives can be found on our website.
Our overarching goal is to receive governmental and/or institutional funding which will cover costs for clinical research. To achieve this, we must prove that Vision Degrading Mydesopsia (eye floaters) is a problem which negatively impacts the lives of sufferers. At present, the medical community largely does not believe that eye floaters are an issue, so little research is taking place.
With your support, we believe we can complete these projects with adequate funding. These will give us quantifiable data which Dr. Sebag can utilize to change perceptions of eye floaters within the medical field.
These projects can only be undertaken when we have raised enough money. There are many variable factors involved, including (but not limited to) labor costs, equipment costs, distribution, consultation and more. The faster we can raise the money to fund these, the faster we can begin them.
We launched our latest fundraising initiative on December 1st here. Thank you to the 84 people who have donated so far.
Our aim is to raise $10,000 USD per month to contribute toward the Tri-Project Proposal outlined above. We will always be transparent with supporters – this is not a short-term investment as scientific research costs are much higher than this. The $10,000 per month goal, if achieved, will give us the foundation and basis to begin these projects and change medical perceptions. This will greatly increase our likelihood of receiving governmental grants to fund clinical research, helping us in our goal to cure eye floaters.
We want to thank all those who have contributed to this, and a very special thank you to The Weatherstone Family Foundation Inc. who donated $5,000 USD! Your support is the only way our project is able to continue.
Updated Website & Social Media Launch
The new website shows how much we have grown as an organization in a short amount of time. This will be beneficial for outreach and to make our voices heard. Our objectives, aims and goals are now much clearer than before.
Thanks to dedicated social media volunteers, we are now constantly active across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, with content planned for YouTube at a later date. Simply search ‘VDM Project’ on these websites to join us and stay updated.
Challenges which the VDM Project Faces
Creating an organization with the aim of changing medical perceptions globally is not a simple task. The VDM Project consists entirely of unpaid volunteers who themselves suffer from eye floaters – wanting to make a positive change in the world.
“The VDM Project is a scam”
We completely understand that scams exist and target people who are desperately searching for help. The VDM Project exists to support the VMR Research Foundation, a research institute created by Dr. Sebag. The VMR Research Foundation is a registered charity with the IRS Registration EIN: 61-1888947.
As the project grows, we will continue to maintain full transparency with supporters to show our exact plans and initiatives. We have also made our goals and fundraising targets clear, while being open and honest about research aims.
Fraudulent websites would likely not be registered with the IRS, nor would they be endorsed and led by an internationally-renowned medical professional. Our fundraising platform has been verified as a legitimate charity, which would not happen if we were attempting to scam anyone. Dr. Sebag also provides tax receipts for substantial donations.
As well as supporting and educating people, we are crowdfunding to achieve the research projects listed above. Without funding, this would not be possible. Scientific research is neither free nor cheap, and we are working our hardest to be successful with no budget at all. All money donated directly funds Dr. Sebag’s research, and all members of the VDM Project work entirely for free.
Recruiting Mastermind Team Members
While we have made strong progress in a short amount of time, this is due to the efforts of a very small number of volunteers utilizing their own skillsets. To put it simply, it is difficult to recruit people who are both able and willing to assist.
Our capabilities are hindered by needing more volunteers who are proactive and willing to create ideas which will benefit the project.
Although we welcome all applications, some of our main focus areas are: SEO / Project Management / Video Creation / Social Media Executives / Media Outreach / Philanthropy Outreach / Graphic Designers / 3D Designers.
If you are interested in applying to the VDM Project, please do so here:
Increasing our reach
Currently, the VDM Project is only known to eye floater sufferers who have found us online. While this is a good starting point, we must reach eye floater sufferers who have never heard of us – of which there are many.
How do we do this? Paid advertising is the standard, but we do not have a budget for this. Instead, we rely on word-of-mouth from supporters to spread the message of the VDM Project. Although this is invaluable and greatly appreciated, we must extend our reach much, much further.
The VDM Project is also actively seeking influential people, influencers, celebrities etc. who suffer from eye floaters. It is our aim to connect with these people and spread the VDM Project message. We rely on our followers to help us with this – please contact us if you know of anybody that could be useful.
We are still formulating more ways we can achieve this in 2021, but we welcome all suggestions which can help. The more people who know about the VDM Project, the more we can achieve in a shorter amount of time.
Final Donations for 2020
We have hit 85% of our $10,000 target for December 2020. You can help us reach our goal here:
As we close out this year, and as you are getting ready to prepare taxes, please keep in mind that all donations you give to the VDM Project are tax deductible. We give 100% of any donations we receive to Dr. Sebag’s research foundation. The VMR Research Foundation is headquartered in Huntington Beach, California and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 61-1888947. The IRS NTEE classification code is H41, Eye Research within the Medical Research category.
Finally, we would like to thank everyone again for their support. We can only exist as a project with your trust and belief, and we are working tirelessly to research a cure for eye floaters. For this to happen, we must continue to grow and fight for our voices to be heard. Only together can we achieve this.
Let’s continue to unite for clear vision.
Your VDM Team