ANTON SYNDROME: WHAT IS ANTON SYNDROME?
Definition: What is "Anton syndrome"?
Anton syndrome, also known as "Anton's blindness" & "Anton-Babinski syndrome", is a very rare symptom of brain damage that occurs in the occipital lobe. Anton-Babinski syndrome is named after Gabriel Anton & Joseph Babinski. Individuals who suffer from Anton syndrome are considered "cortically blind", but insist they are capable of seeing even with evidence of their blindness. Blindness is usually dismissed by the suffered of Anton syndrome through confabulation. This type of symptom is commonly seen after a stroke, but could also occur after experiencing head injury. Anton syndrome can be caused by damage in the portion of the brain responsible for detecting the absence or presence of vision or damages to the part of the brain responsible for eyesight.
The sudden development of Anton syndrome can usually produce temporary psychical & physical effects wherein patients experience mental confusion. Relatives of patients with Anton syndrome usually does not know that the patient has become sightless because sufferers of this condition normally do not volunteer the information about becoming blind. Instead, the patient misleads everyone around him by talking & behaving as if he still has vision. Anton syndrome patients will accept that he has a disorder only when he collides with furniture around the house, fall over objects & becomes incapable of finding his way around. Many sufferers of Anton syndrome also describe objects & people around him, which are actually not present.