Blind People Experience Increased Visual Hallucinations During Pandemic

HBI Blog / Blind People Experience Increased Visual Hallucinations During Pandemic

It might sound strange at first, but blind people suffer from visual hallucinations too. The condition is popularly known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome. A recent study led by a team of researchers found that the symptoms of hallucinations among people, who have lost their sight, have significantly increased during the pandemic.

Visual Hallucinations

What is Charles Bonnet Syndrome?

The study included 45 patients between June and July 2020, and the symptoms were prominent in more than half of the patients. The findings of the study indicated the fact that certain factors might have triggered visual hallucinations over the COVID-19 lockdown. Some of them are loneliness, social isolation, lack of exercise, and exposure to distressing media.

Near 56 percent of the patients under the study experienced average or severe hallucinations. The brain’s adjustment to significant vision loss is responsible for this syndrome. Though it is common among the elderly, young children are also on the list.

Effective Management of CBS

According to the researchers, they tried raising awareness regarding this condition pre-COVID. Such conditions can affect anyone who has lost sight, from young children to the elderly.

Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) is not curable. However, there are several techniques and support that can help manage the condition. Engaging in physical exercise and increasing social interactions have proven to help manage this condition.

Help Your Doctor… to Help Yourself

The study also states that effective diagnosis of CBS can help healthcare providers chalk out better strategies to promote the patients manage the condition. CBS is often overlooked as a mental health condition or otherwise, thereby blocking effective management of the condition.

It also suggests that people suffering from the condition or facing visual hallucinations, should not hesitate to visit the doctor. The sooner they visit the doctor, the better they can manage the condition after an effective diagnosis.

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