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Can blindness be a result of mental illness?
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hysterical Condition
Conversion disorders such as hysterical blindness occur when someone witnesses a horrific event which is outside the realm of normal, every-day human experience.
It is a very, very rare condition.

In brief: Hysterical Condition
Conversion disorders such as hysterical blindness occur when someone witnesses a horrific event which is outside the realm of normal, every-day human experience.
It is a very, very rare condition.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Threre is a condition called hysterical blindness which is a type of conversion disorder. This is very rare and typically only happens when people are exposed to unthinkably horrific situations, such as the horrors of war.

In brief: Yes
Threre is a condition called hysterical blindness which is a type of conversion disorder. This is very rare and typically only happens when people are exposed to unthinkably horrific situations, such as the horrors of war.
Dr. Gary Wortz
Dr. Gary Wortz
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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology
In brief: Sometimes
Occasionally we see patients who have serious vision loss which is termed "non-organic" or not originating from eye or brain disease.
Sometimes this is a manifestation of mental illness and occasionally for personal gain. There are methods to detect this to decipher from true visual blindness.

In brief: Sometimes
Occasionally we see patients who have serious vision loss which is termed "non-organic" or not originating from eye or brain disease.
Sometimes this is a manifestation of mental illness and occasionally for personal gain. There are methods to detect this to decipher from true visual blindness.
Dr. David Kira
Dr. David Kira
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