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Charles Bonnet

2 Months ago I put a post that the optician thought I had got Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Well I've just got back from the Hospital and I have not got any such thing, so if I had took notice of the messages to stop driving etc. I would have lost my job and possible my house. I have got what happens as you get older the gel in your eyes become more liquefied and it leaves floaters in it which only show up when you're looking at a small area like a TV. So when you're looking a large area they don't show up. Also in time they sink and disappear.

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Dear JeffMett,

Looking back at your post 2 months ago I see that you were sent links to information on Driving in case the optician had stated that you were outside of visual acuity guidelines to drive. However you then clarified that:

"...the optician says I am ok to drive because my eyesight is good enough on distance vision and only really need glasses for reading, she also said that somebody with my vision should not be able to get Charles Bonnet and I had got to go the hospital for further investigation. I have only ever had visions in the house and know instantly that they are not real and don't worry if I thought that I was a danger to anybody else I would inform the DVLA as I did in the past but that is another story and nobody else needs to know, and the DVLA as given a clean license back."

We suggested that you give us a call on the helpline:

"It may be easier to give us a call on the Macular Society helpline. It is easier to discuss things in more detail.

The Macular Society helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday on 0300 3030 111.

Kind regards,"

I am glad to read that you now have an accurate diagnosis.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like our factsheet on Floaters.

The Macular Society helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday on 0300 3030 111.

Alternately, you can contact us via:

Kind regards,


There are no messages that said ' stop driving ' in the replies on this topic that you posted 2 months ago. The only person who can or would give you that advice is an optician or ophthalmologist


In other words the message to stop driving I think came from somewhere else not in this forum


I just wanted information about something I never heard of not a lecture about what I should or shouldn't do. The optician did say my sight was good enough to drive without my glasses. I only my distance glasses if I'm going to do a lot of driving, they help stop my eyes so tired and also I wear my glasses when I go birdwatching my hobby.


It may have of come across in the pain section of Health Unlocked or I suppose it could have been a private Email but I can't remember telling anyone else but I do remember it because it annoyed me and that is not that easy to do when you consider I work on checkouts.


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