The visual hallucinations are different in each person and can range from simple shapes like lines and dots, coloured blobs and geometrical patterns, or more complex images involving faces (sometimes distorted or gargoyle-like), people (young or old), animals, objects or whole vivid scenes.
The hallucinations can last anything from a few minutes to several hours and appear without warning. They can occur several times a day or a couple times a week/month and can last for a short period or many years.
It is important to remember that Charles Bonnet syndrome hallucinations only involve sight. If other senses (hearing, smelling, tasting or touching) are involved as well then it is not considered to be Charles Bonner syndrome. Patients with Charles Bonnet syndrome are also aware that the visual hallucinations experienced are not real compared to hallucinations from other causes