Some people with sight loss experience visual hallucinations, known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Many worry unnecessarily that there is something wrong with their mind. It is important to understand that the hallucinations are a natural experience and not a sign of mental illness.
More about Charles Bonnet
Up to half of all people with macular degeneration are thought to experience visual hallucinations at some time. They are more likely to occur if both eyes are affected by sight loss. Charles Bonnet hallucinations can be simple unformed flashes of light, colours or shapes. However, many people see geometrical grids and lattices. Other people also report seeing landscaped gardens or vistas, animals, people or other vivid images.
Share your Charles Bonnet story
Please share your Charles Bonnet hallucinations with us. What do you see and when do you see them? How long do they last?
I see street lights and traffic lights multiply. It looks like fireworks everywhere.
On the bus, I see people with triangular pixelated faces.
I see small people in the garden wearing shawls, they look happy.