A study funded by the Macular Society will investigate the effectiveness of techniques used to manage visual hallucinations caused by sight loss which were experienced by patients living with Charles Bonnet syndrome.

Professor Robin Walker and his team at Royal Holloway University of London will investigate whether specific eye movements and distraction or interruption techniques could reduce the impact of hallucinations.

‘Nobody has done a formal evaluation into if these treatments actually work or if one is more effective than the other. This trial aims to help us understand whether the current recommendations for stopping Charles Bonnet syndrome do help and having proof of whether these therapies can help stop hallucinations would ensure that these techniques are better promoted to those who might need them,’ Walker said.