Charles Bonnet Syndrome

What is it?

Charles Bonnet Syndrome is a condition which affects some people who are visually impaired, or are losing their eyesight. It causes people with the condition to see things that aren’t really there. These symptoms don’t last forever and do decrease over time, but it may take up to five years for them to completely disappear.

These visual hallucinations can sometimes be quite frightening and confusing for the sufferer. The patient may be particularly worried that they are signs of dementia, and it is for this reason that many sufferers feel they cannot discuss their symptoms with family and friends.

What should I do if I think I have Charles Bonnet Syndrome?

If you are worried about having this condition, you should talk to your optometrist, ophthalmologist or GP. You can also find out more information on the following websites:

charlesbonnetsyndrome.uk

rnib.org.uk/charles-bonnet-syndrome