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Subspecialties COVID-19, Health Economics and Policy

Opening the Door

As we slowly emerge from the past 12 weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, it is time to reflect on how the lockdown – though essential to quash the virus – has impacted on those who live with Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS). We were already aware that stress, isolation, and fever cause an upsurge of CBS episodes – and lockdown has confirmed this beyond any doubt. The number of calls to my Helpline (answered on behalf of Esme’s Umbrella by the Eye Health Team at the RNIB) have doubled – in stark contrast to the fall in general eye health calls. And my inbox and social media channels have also been twice as busy.

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Judith Potts

Health writer and founder of Esme’s Umbrella – Awareness Campaign for Charles Bonnet Syndrome.

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