Psychological Medicine

Research Article

The Charles Bonnet Syndrome in perspective

J. Damas-Moraa1 c1, M. Skelton-Robinsona1 and F. A. Jennera1

a1 Department of Psychiatry, University of Sheffield


The clinical condition occurring in the elderly with preserved intellectual functions, characterized by vivid, elaborate and dynamic recurrent visual pseudo-hallucinatory phenomena of a pleasant or neutral nature and often associated with ocular pathology – the Charles Bonnet Syndrome – is described. Its main clinical features are illustrated and the aetiology discussed. Two new cases are presented and areas for future research are outlined.


c1 Address for correspondence: Dr J. Damas-Mora, Department of Psychiatry, University of Sheffield, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF.