Macular Degeneration and Me

Low Vision and High Hope

Ever Think You Are Going Crazy?

One of my primary reasons for this blog is to educate those of us with low vision due to macular degeneration, our family, friends and even physicians and eye care professionals.  One of the rare and little-known symptoms of this disease may cause you to think you are seeing things that aren’t really there.

Identified over 250 years ago and known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome, it is explained as visual hallucinations ranging from simple patterns, faces and landscapes to bizarre motion picture-like scenes.

The good news is you aren’t crazy. It’s not a psychotic incident. It’s just your brain’s way of compensating for low vision. The other news is that your doctor may not recognize this as a symptom of macular degeneration.

With the very kind permission of the Macular Degeneration Foundation I am including a video on this Syndrome.  It is 40 minutes in length, full of excellent information and includes an interview with a 93-year-old woman with the Syndrome. Very interesting and useful for those of us who want to know more.

Just click below to view the video.

Charles Bonnet Syndrome

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4 thoughts on “Ever Think You Are Going Crazy?

  1. I fully agree completely!!

  2. Thank you. I can so relate! What a beautiful blog full of such great information.

  3. Youre quite right on this blog…

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