The Charles Bonnet syndrome in perspective

Psychol Med. 1982 May;12(2):251-61. doi: 10.1017/s0033291700046584.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Blindness / psychology
  • Cataract / psychology
  • Cataract Extraction
  • Color Perception
  • Female
  • Form Perception
  • Hallucinations / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neurocognitive Disorders / psychology
  • Recurrence
  • Visual Perception*