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What steps can you take to avoid seizures if you have photosensitive epilepsy?

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Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures. People with photosensitive epilepsy can have seizures triggered by things like flashing lights.

You can lower your chances of seizures with these tips:

  • Watch TV and play video games in a well-lit room and at a safe distance from the screen (at least 8 feet from the TV and 2 feet from a computer monitor).
  • Use flicker-free monitors (LCD or flat screen).
  • Use a remote control instead of walking up to the TV to change the channel.
  • Dim the brightness on screen monitors.
  • Adjust Internet settings to control moving images.
  • Limit time spent in front of the TV, computer, and on hand-held devices.
  • Wear sunglasses outdoors

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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