What is Charles Bonnet Syndrome?

The Coronation Street character Johnny Connor was diagnosed with Charles Bonnet Syndrome in today’s episode (Monday, February 15). But what is Charles Bonnet Syndrome?

In the past few months, Johnny’s MS has worsened, especially after being in prison. His eyesight has also deteriorated.

More recently, he has had hallucinations. He saw cockroaches and mice, as well as his late son Aidan.


Johnny diagnosed the disease (Credit: ITV)

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However, during today’s visit to Weatherfield, Johnny was told by the prison doctor that he had Charles Bonnet Syndrome. But what is it

Coronation Street: What is Charles Bonnet Syndrome?

Charles Bonnet syndrome causes a person whose eyesight is beginning to deteriorate to see things that are not real (hallucinations).

According to the NHS website, hallucinations can be simple patterns or detailed images of events, people, or places. However, they are only visual and do not involve hearing anything or other sensations.


Johnny is currently in jail. But he’s struggling with his health (Credit: ITV)

Hallucinations related to Charles Bonnet Syndrome are caused by visual disturbances and not by mental health problems or dementia.

There are two types of hallucinations with the syndrome. These are simple repeated patterns or complex images of people, objects or landscapes.

Simple repeated patterns can take the form of grids, shapes, or lines that can appear in bright or vivid colors.


Johnny saw his late son Aidan (Credit: ITV)

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More complex hallucinations can affect people, places, animals, and insects.

Having seen insects, a ginger cat, and Aidan, Johnny is believed to have more complex hallucinations.

Coronation Street: What’s Next For Johnny?

After his diagnosis, Jenny was sent to prison to see her husband.

He told her about his diagnosis. However, he stated that he would like to see Aidan.

Jenny masked her concern. But will Johnny accept medical help?

Coronation Street airs Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. There’s also an hour-long episode at 7:30 a.m. on Fridays on ITV.

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