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Case Report
4 (
1
); 63-65
doi:
10.4103/0976-3147.105618

Charles bonnet syndrome, management with simple behavioral technique

Department of Behavioural Sciences, University of Ilorin, PMB 1515, Ilorin, Nigeria
Address for correspondence: Dr. Baba Awoye Issa Department of Behavioural Sciences, University of Ilorin Nigeria issababa2002@unilorin.edu.ng
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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Charles Bonnet syndrome occurs in visually impaired but cognitively normal individuals. This report describes a condition of vivid visual hallucination (phantom images) in an 85‑year‑old conscious man, who had been blind by bilateral progressively worsening glaucoma. This common, but rarely reported, condition was managed by behavioral approach of repeated blinking, intermittent eyes closure, and reassurance. While emotional, mood and cognitive disorders need to be ruled out, the condition, though frightening to the afflicted, is benign and remediable with simple, inexpensive approach. Health workers managing people with terminal blindness should always ask for the presence of hallucinations from their patients to forestall a preventable distress resulting from wrong perception without visual stimulus.

Keywords

Hallucination
impaired vision
management
old age

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