Final Notes

Charles Bonnet Syndrome

This note is included, because people with AMD or any vision problem can have something called Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS). A person will “see” a visual image that the person usually knows is not real. Some people may not want to tell anyone that they are seeing strange visions out of fear that people might think they have a mental disorder. CBS occurs in about twenty percent of people who have vision loss. Though no accepted theory explains why this occurs, it is known to be related to vision loss, and not to a mental disorder. The images are only visual, uncontrollable, and vary as to how long and often they occur.

Reported images include highly colored flowers, shapes or patterns, landscapes, animals, walls of brick, uniformed people and elves! If you have questions about CBS, take this booklet to your eye doctor, who can discuss it with you.

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