Charles Bonnet Syndrome: Low Vision Could Lead to Visual Hallucinations
By Sai Lopez
Among the five senses, most people are most fearful about losing their sense of sight. According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People, the amount of people in the UK who lost their eyesight is about 2 million and it’s believed that the number will increase to an astounding 500,000 by 2020. A number will be living with limited eyesight.
Sight loss and partial blindness will lead to Charles Bonnet Syndrome, a condition named after the Swiss philosopher who gave light to the hallucinations of his grandfather who was almost blind. This condition can develop when a person’s vision is classified as “low-vision”.
The situation creates ocular delusions which are at best alarming and at worst frightening. Confronted with ‘blank spots’ where the eye has been impaired by macular ailment, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma or any other cases, the brain fills them in with all presence of images. Some people find that the floor, walls and ceiling turn to checkerboards, grids or trellis; others see spiders, birds or snakes; but, for some, the images are more distressing and include people or whole episodes.
Judith Potts revealed that her mother acquired the condition but just like most people, her mother has chosen to keep quiet about it, fearing that it was a precursor to dementia. It was not. Instead it was due to loss of her sight. When her mother could no longer keep it to herself, she finally confessed.
Looking for medical assistance from her ophthalmologist and GP confirmed to be absurd – her ophthalmologist declined to explain it and her GP had never heard of it, was hesitant what to do and discreetly forgot about it.
They must guarantee that probable victims are cautioned in advance and not left to live with delusions that incapacitate and intervene with kind of life; that those who do acquire it should have admission to help and support; and that financing should be desired for fundamental studies……..
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Source: Food World News
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