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Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Authored by Various
Posted on July 1, 2015
Topic: Advocacy/Vision 2020
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Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS) is a condition among people who have lost their sight. It causes people who have lost a lot of vision to see things that aren't really there, known as visual hallucinations, according to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

The Trinidad and Tobago Society for Charles Bonnet Syndrome has submitted various resources relating to  Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS).

The Trinidad and Tabago Society for CBS highlights the importance of warning patients with macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataaracts, diabetic eye disease or any other retinal conditions that they may develop visual hallucinations.

The organization says, "not everyone with a visual impairment would experience CBS and not everyone might experience negative outcome [sic]. However there are indivudals whose experience with CBS leads to fear, panic and anxiety when confronted with the more complex hallucinations..."

The Society also highlights a CBS study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology quoting, "the era of CBS as an incidental curiousity has ended, for those with negative outcome CBS now lies unequivocally within the clinical domain."

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