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“Do your eyes play tricks on you?” Asking older people about visual hallucinations in a general eye clinic

  • Joanna M. Jefferis (a1), Urs P. Mosimann (a2), John-Paul Taylor (a3) and Michael P. Clarke (a4)
Abstract

Visual hallucinations are well recognized in individuals with low vision and intact cognition (Charles Bonnet syndrome) (Teunisse et al., 1996). Visual hallucinations also occur in those with early manifestations of dementia with Lewy bodies (McKeith et al., 2005) and Parkinson's disease dementia (Williams and Lees, 2005). Typically, visual hallucinations in these conditions are complex recurrent hallucinations of people and animals and frequently reported as being unpleasant (Mosimann et al., 2006). Individuals with visual hallucinations are often reluctant to disclose details of their symptoms (Menon, 2005), but may instead report non-specific visual difficulties to their family physician or optometrist, resulting in referral to an eye clinic. Failure to elicit the presence of visual hallucinations may lead to inappropriate treatment of age-related ocular comorbidity, such as early cataract.

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International Psychogeriatrics
  • ISSN: 1041-6102
  • EISSN: 1741-203X
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