Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS) is a disease in which visual hallucinations occur as a result of vision loss. CBS is not thought to be related to psychosis or dementia. People with CBS are usually aware that their hallucinations are not real. It's estimated that 50% of people suffering from vision loss may experience hallucinations. This makes CBS a widespread disease. In most cases, the hallucinations go away as the brain adapts to the loss of vision.
The primary symptoms of Charles Bonnet syndrome include:
Research suggests that many people who suffer from Charles Bonnet syndrome do not consult their doctor out of fear of being diagnosed with a mental illness or disorders such as dementia.
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