Phantom eye syndrome

12 Jun

You have, most likely, heard of phantom limb syndrome were a person has sensation from a limb that is no longer exists. An amazing piece from Discover tells us:

“Patients who lose an eye may have similar symptoms—with the addition of actual phantoms.”

“The researchers sent surveys to 239 patients who’d been treated for uveal melanoma at the Liverpool Ocular Oncology Centre. All of these patients had had one eye surgically removed. Some of their surgeries were only 4 months in the past; others had taken place almost 4 and a half years earlier. Three-quarters of the patients returned the surveys, sharing details about how they were doing in their new monocular lives.

Sixty percent of respondents said they had symptoms of phantom eye syndrome. These symptoms included pain, visual sensations, or the impression of actually seeing with the missing eye.”

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