Esme’s Umbrella is the Campaign Group for everyone working towards a greater awareness of the Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS).

The condition causes sufferers to see images which are not real. These ‘visual hallucinations’ are caused by loss of sight – but not everyone with low vision develops the condition.

For those who do, CBS can be frightening and debilitating – not least because it may be confused mistakenly with the onset of dementia. For this reason too many people suffer in silence.

The aims of Esme’s Umbrella are:

  • To raise awareness and understanding of CBS among medical practitioners of all specialties.
  • To give information about CBS itself and offer comfort, reassurance and practical advice to those who have developed the condition.
  • To host results of on-going research and share new medical discoveries.

Did you Hear Judith Potts and Dr Dominic ffytche discussing
CBS on Inside Health BBC Radio 4 on 23rd Feb at 9pm and
again on the 24th at 3.30pm? If not link here.

As seen on BBC Breakfast News
The magazine for the North East

Read the latest feature on CBS here