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Vision loss and visual hallucinations: the Charles Bonnet syndrome.

Ricard P - Community Eye Health (2009)

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Affiliation: Consultant editor for the Revue de Santé Oculaire Communautaire , International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1N 7HT, UK.

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The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Macular Disease Society (MDS) have now initiated a campaign to increase awareness of CBS amongst eye care staff... When the hallucinations worsened, she decided to talk to medical staff... However, her general practitioner did not take her seriously, and the Accident & Emergency department of her local hospital referred her to a psychiatrist, suspecting that she suffered from dementia... Mrs O only found out about CBS after six months, through the MDS, and she immediately experienced a great relief... CBS occurs mostly in people who have developed severe visual loss in eyes involving This situation is especially likely to occur in developing countries, where people may wait for sight loss before consulting and where advanced bilateral cataract is common... The eye care team may offer the following reassuring statements: It is estimated that 50-60% of people suffering from severe visual loss will experience visual hallucinations... Tricks' reported by sufferers include: going into a brighter environment, creating a distraction, looking directly at the images, some form of eye movement, etc. (not all of these suggestions may work for all patients)... It is particularly important that all staff know about CBS, including receptionists, so that they do not turn patients away needlessly or doubt the veracity of their statements (or indeed their sanity)... A recent survey showed that, amongst those suffering from CBS: 60% feared being labelled as insane if they admitted to hallucinations, only 30% had ever revealed their condition to anyone else, and 30% lived in fear of impending insanity... CBS is still largely under-recognised, and further awareness of the condition can only encourage patients to report their fears... It is also important to forewarn patients that such hallucinations may occur... Once informed, patients will not be so anxious about their mental health.

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Artist Cecil Riley, who suffers from CBS, depicts his visions in his paintings. UK
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Vision loss and visual hallucinations: the Charles Bonnet syndrome.

Ricard P - Community Eye Health (2009)

Artist Cecil Riley, who suffers from CBS, depicts his visions in his paintings. UK
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Figure 2: Artist Cecil Riley, who suffers from CBS, depicts his visions in his paintings. UK

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Affiliation: Consultant editor for the Revue de Santé Oculaire Communautaire , International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1N 7HT, UK.

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The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Macular Disease Society (MDS) have now initiated a campaign to increase awareness of CBS amongst eye care staff... When the hallucinations worsened, she decided to talk to medical staff... However, her general practitioner did not take her seriously, and the Accident & Emergency department of her local hospital referred her to a psychiatrist, suspecting that she suffered from dementia... Mrs O only found out about CBS after six months, through the MDS, and she immediately experienced a great relief... CBS occurs mostly in people who have developed severe visual loss in eyes involving This situation is especially likely to occur in developing countries, where people may wait for sight loss before consulting and where advanced bilateral cataract is common... The eye care team may offer the following reassuring statements: It is estimated that 50-60% of people suffering from severe visual loss will experience visual hallucinations... Tricks' reported by sufferers include: going into a brighter environment, creating a distraction, looking directly at the images, some form of eye movement, etc. (not all of these suggestions may work for all patients)... It is particularly important that all staff know about CBS, including receptionists, so that they do not turn patients away needlessly or doubt the veracity of their statements (or indeed their sanity)... A recent survey showed that, amongst those suffering from CBS: 60% feared being labelled as insane if they admitted to hallucinations, only 30% had ever revealed their condition to anyone else, and 30% lived in fear of impending insanity... CBS is still largely under-recognised, and further awareness of the condition can only encourage patients to report their fears... It is also important to forewarn patients that such hallucinations may occur... Once informed, patients will not be so anxious about their mental health.

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