Unfortunately visual hallucinations caused by Charles Bonnet Syndrome can be very bothersome can create stress and can affect a persons activities. Understanding the reason for the visual hallucinations can help people to cope with the condition. Some find that talking to other people such as friends family or a mental health professional can help them cope. There is no proven drug that can stop the hallucinations. However some drugs can worsen hallucinations so you may want to discuss your medications with your primary care doctor. There are simple things that people can try in order to decrease their hallucinations. People sometimes find that they can stop the hallucinations by changing their activity or environment or by standing up. At times the images may disappear if you close your eyes and open them quickly or move your eyes rapidly. In some cases concentrating on something can cause the hallucinations to stop. For some people their symptoms are worse when they feel tired or stressed so you need to try to sleep well and reduce your stress levels. The good news is that the hallucinations are usually not permanent and can often become less frequent over time. Keep in mind that medical conditions such as Parkinsons disease stroke Alzheimers disease and mental illness can all cause hallucinations. The hallucinations seen in these medical conditions are different. Charles Bonnet Syndrome does not increase your risk of developing these more serious medical problems. About Retina Associates of Cleveland Retina Associates of Cleveland is a group practice of ten ophthalmologists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal disorders including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. There are nine convenient office locations throughout Northeast Ohio including Akron Beachwood Lakewood Lorain Mentor Middleburg Heights Strongsville Warren and Youngstown. Visit www.retina-doctors.com to learn more. 19 Macula Vision Research Foundation SpringSummer 2015 The Macula Vision Research Foundation MVRF is not a healthcare provider and nothing in this newsletter is intended as a substitute for professional medical advice diagnosis or treatment. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers regarding any questions about your medical condition medical devices or treatment options.