What you need to know about photo sensitive epilepsy

Epilepsy is a concept many people are not familiar with as it is not the most common of alignment. However, to sum things up, a seizure triggered by light and visual patterns is known as photosensitive epilepsy.


Although it is more commonly associated with kids and young adults, females are more prone to have photo sensitive epilepsy. Many don’t know that it is actually an ailment until it reaches its peak when the seizures begin. The most common symptoms include dizziness, nausea and headaches.

According to Dr. Nathaniel Adewale of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja elaborated on the most common triggers which include, but are not limited to, bright screens from TV, desktop and laptop monitors, phone screens, flickering lights and intense lights from torch lights and such. Also, patterns such as stripes with bold colours are also triggers.


If you feel such symptoms and notice a frequency in seizures, there are a few things to keep in mind to keep it at bay such as reducing the time you spend staring at screens, invest in a pair of photochronic glasses, change the bulbs and switches in your home to dimmer ones like lumen bulbs that can easily be adjusted, reduce the brightness of your phone and TV so that you’re not straining yourself too much

However, the best thing to do is to consult a neurologist or psychiatrist who can do a series of investigations like EEG, CT scans of your brain to determine the activity and advise on the appropriate steps to take. Such people should avoid exposure to light and sudden flashes of it as well. This cannot be overly emphasized.

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