Imaginary friend – or CBS hallucination?

Charles Bonnet syndrome is typically associated with elderly patients but new research shows children are not immune either. Helen Gilbert investigates.

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Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS), a complication of sight loss, is characterised by the vivid, silent hallucinations that occur when the brain overcompensates for the lack of information it receives from the retina by creating its own pictures.

According to the Macular Society (2020), almost 1.5 million people in the UK are affected by macular disease, half of whom experience CBS hallucinations.

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