• Can treatment stop hallucinations from CBS?


    Question:

    Can Charles Bonnet syndrome (hallucinations caused by severe vision loss) be relieved after any of the treatments for macular degeneration or cataracts? What is the best medicine to relieve the hallucinations associated with the syndrome if a person is not a candidate for the eye surgeries?


    Answer:

    Unfortunately, there are no known effective treatments for Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS).

    In almost all cases, patients with this condition have advanced macular degeneration and the vision loss cannot be improved with treatment or cataract surgery.  There are not any medicines that have shown success in relieving the hallucinations caused by CBS. The most effective approach is to explain the cause of the hallucinations to the patient and reassure them that they are not indicative of any underlying psychiatric disorder.


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