Virtual event to explore visual hallucinations in children

Posted: Thursday 08 April 2021
An illustrative design showing victorian-era women in the middle of a modern street to suggest an hallucination somebody with Charles Bonnet syndrome might experience

Visual hallucinations in children and young adults with sight loss will be the topic of our next condition-specific Virtual Clinic. 

Visual hallucinations, known as Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS), are experienced by up to half of all people with macular disease. However, they are mostly associated with adults and people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but affects people of all ages – including children.

Hallucinations can range from simple unformed flashes of light to more dramatic visions, such as disembodied heads.   

It is thought many children experiencing the condition believe their hallucinations to be real, which can leave them feeling fearful and distressed.

A recent study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology found more awareness was needed of the condition in children and young adults, to prevent psychological harm.

The study also found that further awareness among healthcare professionals, along with increased patient education, may help reduce the overall impact and improve someone’s ability to cope with the symptoms.

Mariya Moosajee, a professor of molecular ophthalmology at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is currently conducting research into the prevalence of the condition in younger people, to gain a better understanding of the cause and how best to manage the condition.

Mariya will join us at our next condition-specific Virtual Clinic on Thursday 29 April at 2.30pm to talk about her latest research.

If you have experienced Charles Bonnet hallucinations or would like to know more about how the condition affects children, join us.

Register now.