Photosensitive Epilepsy

Photosensitive Epilepsy (PSE) describes sensitivity to flashing or flickering lights as well as some patterns and glare.

Reactions to flashing lights vary from person to person and epileptic seizures may also be provoked in people who do not have established epilepsy as well as in those who do.

How does it affect people?

Only about 3-5% of people with epilepsy are photosensitive. » read more

 

Who is affected by Photosensitivity

Photosensitivity most commonly affects children, and usually becomes evident between the ages of 6 years and 15 years, suggesting a link with early puberty. » read more

 

Guidelines for Television

Since the 1950's television has been the most commonly reported trigger of seizures in photosensitive people. » read more

 

Guidelines for Discos

For the person with photosensitive epilepsy the flashing stroboscopic lights used in some discos, can trigger seizures and are best avoided. » read more

 

Guidelines for Computers and Computer Games

Computers As with video games there is no evidence to suggest that VDU's can actually cause epilepsy. » read more

 
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