Charles Bonnet syndrome
There's currently no cure for Charles Bonnet syndrome.
Simply understanding that the hallucinations are a normal consequence of vision loss, rather than a mental health problem,can be very reassuring and help the person cope better.
No specific medication has been shown to stop hallucinations caused by Charles Bonnet syndrome. Some medications that are designed to treat epilepsy , Parkinson's disease and dementia have proved effective for some people.
However, thesepowerful medications can have serious side effects, and are therefore only recommended for people who are severely affected and under close supervision.
You could try some self-help measures to help relieve your hallucinations when you experience them. For example, when a hallucination starts, you could:
Some people overcome their fear by getting to know the figures in their visions.
For example, one man with Charles Bonnet syndrome has described how when he wakes up in the morning, he says, "Right, what have you got in store for me today?"to the figures he's seeing. This allows him to have some control over the way he feels about his visions.
Find out what Charles Bonnet syndrome is, who it affects, what causes it, how to manage it, plus the help and support available.
There are two main types of hallucination that people with Charles Bonnet syndrome tendto experience. They may see: simple repeated patterns complex images of people, objects or landscapes Simple
Charles Bonnet syndrome affects people who've lost most or all of their eyesight. It's more likely to occur if vision loss affects both eyes. According to the Macular Society, up to half of all peop
Visual hallucinations are a normal response the brain has to the loss of vision. However, as Charles Bonnet syndrome isn't widely known, many people worry about what it means and fear they may be dev
There isn't a specific test for Charles Bonnet syndrome. Doctors diagnose it by: talking to the person about their symptoms taking a detailed medical history in some cases, carrying out tests toru
There's currently no cure for Charles Bonnet syndrome. Simply understanding that the hallucinations are a normal consequence of vision loss, rather than a mental health problem,can be very reassuring
If you have Charles Bonnet syndrome, talking about your hallucinations and how they make you feel may help you cope better. You could try talking to your family, friends, GP, optician, or ophthalmolog