Ocular Malingering

Malingering is when a person pretends that they have a condition that they do not. Ocular malingering is when a person claims that they cannot see with one or both eyes. Malingering can often be easily disproved with tests.

CAUSES

  • Psychological disorder.

  • Psychiatric disorder.

  • Anxiety.

  • Self-serving motivation (trying to avoid work, get disability, etc.).

SYMPTOMS

The claim of being unable to see to a degree or totally with one or both eyes.

DIAGNOSIS

  • There are special tests used to find whether or not a person is malingering.

  • If diagnosed, a psychological or psychiatric evaluation is often suggested.

TREATMENT

Treatment is often psychological or psychiatric in nature.