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By Freespirit On 2014.12.17 13:05
My husband has mild to moderate PD dementia and periodically has visual hallucintaions that typically appear in the evening under dim lighting conditions. He sees "shadows" or animals mostly, and thankfully, is not fearful of them. At this stage, he is still aware that they are not real. To cope, I leave several night-lights on, and he carries a flashlight around at night to light them up.

Recently, our PD specialist suggested using a laser pointer and pointing it at the shadows/animals when they appear. He said there is something about the laser that stimulates the PD brain, and that it really helps to dissolve the hallucination for some people.

I have heard of the laser cane used for festination, but this is the first I've heard of the laser used for hallucinations. We're going to give it a try!!!

By Trusting On 2014.12.17 23:52
I'm tucking this post away for sometime when we need it. I'm sure it is in our future. Thanks for sharing.

By LOHENGR1N On 2014.12.18 00:16
I know they use them sometimes for breaking freezes but this is the first time I've heard this use. I tried finding this online but haven't had any luck yet finding anything about laser pointers for hallucinations. Anyone found anything about this?

By Freespirit On 2014.12.18 08:57
I've never heard of it either, Al, nor could I find anything online in regard to it.

Doc said I could find one at Walmart for $10-20, so that if it did not work it was not extremely cost prohibitive.

I figure it's worth a try. . .

If it doesn't end up working to dissolve my Beloved's hallucinations, I'll use it to drive the cat crazy. Win-win :)

By carman96 On 2014.12.18 09:12
That sounds like it's worth a try. We have a laser light for the cat, but when he is hallucinating I don't think he could figure out how to use it. I might try using it for him if I can figure out where his hallucinations are coming from!

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