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News 16 February 2021
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According to a study conducted by UCL researchers, people with Charles Bonnet Syndrome, which are visual hallucinations for people who have lost their eyesight, had symptoms worsening during the pandemic, the 45 patient study published in BMJ Open Ophthalmology from Moorfields Eye Hospital reported a harrowing increase in symptoms in more than half of the participants between June and July 2020 Results show that social isolation, loneliness, sedentary lifestyle and exposure to harmful media during the COVID-19 lockdown decreased 56% of the patients studied have worsened and worsened visual hallucinations. Lead researcher Professor Mariya Moosajee (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust) said, “I was trying to raise awareness of this pre-COVID condition It can affect anyone with vision loss, from young children to the elderly, COVID has affected each and every one of us, but now we have evidence that social isolation creates a frightening complication of visual impairment that has significant long-term implications for mental health Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) has no cure, but techniques are available to treat and support the disease.The study researchers say that increasing social interactions and exercise, if possible, could help reduce hallucinations They say an increase in the number of health professionals aware of CBS risk factors is critical to more effective diagnosis, leading to better strategies to encourage patients to be able to manage their condition, the publication the study coincides with an increased public Public discussion on CBS together when an established character on Coronation Street, Johnny, began hallucinating due to his vision loss from optic neuritis. This week’s episode, the character is scared, isolated, and afraid that people will think he is crazy becomesEsme’s Umbrella, the British CBS campaign, has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the disease since it was founded by Judith Potts in 2015. Potts, who is co-author of the research paper, said: “Unfortunately, it is often referred to as mental illness or others Wise overlooked and therefore not treated effectively”I am so pleased that our voice is now being heard and the horror of the condition recognized not only on national television but in this latest study, my dream is that anyone suffering from CBS will not be afraid to see their doctor.” go, and if he does, he will be quickly diagnosed. COVID-19 has adversely affected the situation, as highlighted in the study, which was supported by the NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Center, the Thomas Pocklington Trust and Wellcome, another study by a UCL researcher who released last month found that the visual hallucinations of people with CBS are due to spontaneous activity in the visual centers of the brainReference: Jones L, Ditzel-Finn L., Potts J, Moosajee M Worsening Visual Hallucinations in Charles Bonnet Syndrome Due to the Social Impact of COVID-19 BMJ Open Ophthalmology 2021; 6 (1): e000670 doi: 101136 / bmjophth-2020-000670 This article has been republished from the following materials Note: The material may have been edited for length and content.For more information, please refer to the source indicated

People with Charles Bonnet Syndrome, which are visual hallucinations for people who have lost their eyesight and had symptoms worsening during the pandemic, find a study conducted by UCL researchers, which was published in BMJ Open Ophthalmology Study of 45 patients from Moorfields Eye Hospital between June and July 2020 reports a harrowing increase in symptoms in more than half of the participants The results show that social isolation, loneliness, sedentary lifestyle and exposure to stressful media during COVID-19 In 56% of patients studied, lockdown made visual hallucinations worse and worse. Lead researcher Professor Mariya Moosajee (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust) said, “I was trying to raise awareness of this condition before the COVID sharpen It can affect anyone with vision loss, from young children to the elderly, COVID has affected each and every one of us, but now we have evidence that social isolation creates a frightening complication of visual impairment that has significant long-term implications for mental health Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) has no cure, but techniques are available to treat and support the disease.The study researchers say that increasing social interactions and exercise, if possible, could help reduce hallucinations They say an increase in the number of health professionals aware of CBS risk factors is critical to more effective diagnosis, leading to better strategies to encourage patients to be able to manage their condition, the publication the study coincides with an increased public Public discussion on CBS together when an established character on Coronation Street, Johnny, began hallucinating due to his vision loss from optic neuritis. This week’s episode, the character is scared, isolated, and afraid that people will think he is crazy becomesEsme’s Umbrella, the British CBS campaign, has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the disease since it was founded by Judith Potts in 2015. Potts, who is co-author of the research paper, said: “Unfortunately, it is often referred to as mental illness or others Wise overlooked and therefore not treated effectively”I am so pleased that our voice is now being heard and the horror of the condition recognized not only on national television but in this latest study, my dream is that anyone suffering from CBS will not be afraid to see their doctor.” go, and if he does, he will be quickly diagnosed. COVID-19 has adversely affected the situation, as highlighted in the study, which was supported by the NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Center, the Thomas Pocklington Trust and Wellcome, another study by a UCL researcher who released last month found that the visual hallucinations of people with CBS are due to spontaneous activity in the visual centers of the brainReference: Jones L, Ditzel-Finn L., Potts J, Moosajee M Worsening Visual Hallucinations in Charles Bonnet Syndrome Due to the Social Impact of COVID-19 BMJ Open Ophthalmology 2021; 6 (1): e000670 doi: 101136 / bmjophth-2020-000670 This article has been republished from the following materials Note: The material may have been edited for length and content.For more information, please refer to the source indicated

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