Treatment

There is currently no specific therapy for BCM. Treatment is symptomatic, and involves the patient periodically undergoing ophthalmological examinations.

Magenta or brown filter lenses or contact lenses can be used to reduce photophobia and boost sensitivity to colour contrasts. Specifically, magenta filters allow both red and blue light to pass through the coloured lens and reach the retina, while they filter the light of other colours. The red light helps the rods to function, while the blue light activates the blue cones. Magenta filters can be used in contact lenses or glasses. Consider a visit with an optometrist expert in achromatopsia and low vision.

For reading, powerful magnifying lenses can be used, and all tablet devices (iPads, Kindles) make it possible to vary the lighting of text. In some countries, electronic versions of school books are available that can be read on an iPad.

If they are able to keep blinding lights under control, those BCM sufferers with less severe vision impairment can obtain a driving licence. Many of them are able to drive using the bioptic telescope in USA and in The Netherland (Europe). Consider a visit in a low vision center with
low vision and bioptic driver rehabilitation specialists.