The Bizarre Visual Disorder of Prosopometamorphopsia: Living in a Prolonged Nightmare

Vision Distortion: Inside Victor Sharrah’s Prosopometamorphopsia World

Victor Sharrah woke up one morning feeling terrified as he saw his roommate with pointy ears, gigantic eyes, and a slanted mouth that extended to the edges of his face. Trying to remain calm, Sharrah took her dog for a walk, but the people she passed on the street had equally strange and twisted faces. Feeling like she had entered a demonic world, Sharrah began to panic and even considered being admitted to a psychiatric unit.

After years of experiencing this strange phenomenon, Victor was relieved when he discovered that he wasn’t losing his mind. With the help of experts, he learned that he suffers from a rare vision condition called prosopometamorphopsia or PMO. People with this condition see distorted faces in various ways, with some seeing demons while others see elves or faces that constantly move.

Despite experiencing PMO for over three years, Victor’s condition is unique in that faces on flat screens appear normal to him. Researchers at Dartmouth College have created photorealistic images to depict how individuals with PMO perceive distorted faces. The exact cause of prosopometamorphopsia remains unknown, but it is believed to be a symptom rather than a disorder with multiple potential causes.

Victor found relief in learning about PMO through an online support group and now wears glasses with a green tint to alleviate the severity of the distortions. While he has largely adapted to his strange new world, crowded places can still be overwhelming with “demons” surrounding him.

Many individuals with PMO face a difficult decision on whether to tell others about their distorted perceptions. Some choose to remain silent to avoid being perceived as crazy. Victor shared his experience to help others with PMO avoid unnecessary hospitalizations for psychosis. By raising awareness about this condition, he hopes to prevent others from experiencing the trauma he went through and encourage those who suffer from it not to feel alone or ashamed.

Victor’s story is just one example of how rare vision conditions can affect our daily lives in unexpected ways. It serves as a reminder that there is always something new waiting for us around every corner and that we should never take our senses for granted.

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