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|Title:||Charles Bonnet syndrome in Asian patients in a tertiary ophthalmic centre|
|Citation:||Tan, C.S.H., Lim, V.S.Y., Ho, D.Y.M., Yeo, E., Ng, B.Y., Eong, K.G.A. (2004-10). Charles Bonnet syndrome in Asian patients in a tertiary ophthalmic centre. British Journal of Ophthalmology 88 (10) : 1325-1329. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjo.2004.041947|
|Abstract:||Aims: To describe the epidemiology of Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS) among patients in an Asian tertiary ophthalmic centre and to describe the characteristics of the hallucinations experienced. Methods: 1077 consecutive patients aged 50 years and above were asked a standardised question to determine if they had ever experienced formed visual hallucinations. All patients who experienced these symptoms were further interviewed using a detailed, standardised questionnaire to ascertain if they met the diagnostic criteria established for CBS. Results: There were 491 men (45.6%) and 586 women (54.4%). The best corrected visual acuity ranged from 20/20 to light perception in the better seeing eye and from 20/20 to no light perception in the worse seeing eye. Four patients (0.4%) were diagnosed with CBS; two men and two women. There were two Chinese and two Indians. The average age of the CBS patients was 76.3 years (range 65-90 years). Two patients had cataracts, one had glaucoma, and one had both cataracts and glaucoma. A wide variety of visual hallucinations were reported. Three out of four patients experienced a negative reaction to their hallucinations. Only one patient had discussed his symptoms with a doctor. Conclusions: This is the first report on the epidemiology of CBS in Asian patients. The prevalence rate of CBS (0.4%) is slightly lower than in comparable studies in non-Asian populations. The nature of the hallucinations experienced were similar to those previously reported.|
|Source Title:||British Journal of Ophthalmology|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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