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What situations or places can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy?

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Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures. People with photosensitive epilepsy have episodes that can be triggered by:

  • Nightclub and theater lights, including strobe lights
  • TV screens and computer monitors
  • Flashing lights on police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and safety alarms
  • Visual effects in movies, TV shows, and video games
  • Malfunctioning fluorescent lights and moving escalators
  • Light viewed through a fast-moving ceiling fan
  • Sunlight viewed through slanted blinds or stair railings
  • Sun shining through tree leaves or reflecting off water
  • Bold, striped wallpaper and fabric
  • Cameras with multiple flashes or many cameras flashing at the same time
  • Fireworks

From: Photosensitive Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 11/11/2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research."

British Epilepsy Association: "Photosensitive Epilepsy," "Generalized Seizures," "Some Possible Triggers."

Epilepsy Society: "Photosensitive Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Photosensitivity and Seizures," "Shedding Light on Photosensitivity, One of Epilepsy’s Most Complex Conditions."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research."

British Epilepsy Association: "Photosensitive Epilepsy," "Generalized Seizures," "Some Possible Triggers."

Epilepsy Society: "Photosensitive Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Photosensitivity and Seizures," "Shedding Light on Photosensitivity, One of Epilepsy’s Most Complex Conditions."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

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