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STROBBING Lights

Post by Charity_N_WI » 4 months ago

Annaka & Cheryl,

STOP FLASHING THE LAMP IN THE CAMERA!

Since none of you seem to understand that some people have epilepsy so I will educate you.

STROBBING lights CAN induce SEIZURES in some people with epilepsy.

Even without Epilepsy, it gives the rest of us migraines!
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Charity_N_WI wrote:
4 months ago
Annaka & Cheryl,

STOP FLASHING THE LAMP IN THE CAMERA!

Since none of you seem to understand that some people have epilepsy so I will educate you.

STROBBING lights CAN induce SEIZURES in some people with epilepsy.

Even without Epilepsy, it gives the rest of us migraines!
Good morning,

Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. I have shared this with our shows and programming team and our TV production team so they can keep this in mind for future shows. I deeply apologize that this happened, and I hope you have a fantastic day.
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Post by Horsepower » 4 months ago

That is very true !! One Christmas my friend & I were hanging lights. He was on a ladder & asked me to turn on the lights. All of a sudden he stiffened, flew backward off of the ladder landing on his back, & began shacking all over the place. I thought he was electrocuted, but the flashing Christmas lights had induced an epileptic seizure. He didn't know he had epilepsy until it was diagnosed after that accident.
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Post by Catticus » 4 months ago

@Moderator_Preston

Strobe lights, Flashing lights, etc. CAN DEFINITELY trigger seizures.

PLEASE forward this to your TV Production Team!

I know that to many people this could easily seem to be a trivial thing.

But it is actually EXTREMELY serious.

Thank You!
🌸💞😊💞🌸

The Epilepsy Foundation states that for about 3% of people with epilepsy, exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities, or to certain visual patterns, can trigger seizures.

This condition is known as "photosensitive epilepsy."


Photosensitive epilepsy is more common in those with generalized epilepsy and with certain epilepsy syndromes, such as juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and epilepsy with eyelid myoclonia (Jeavon’s syndrome).

The Epilepsy Foundation states that many people are not aware that they are sensitive to flickering lights or to certain kinds of patterns - until they have a seizure.

They may never go on to develop epilepsy with spontaneous seizures. Also, they could only have seizures triggered by certain photic (light) conditions.

Many individuals who do not have epilepsy, can still be disturbed by light exposure.

While they do not develop seizures, they can have other symptoms, such as headache, nausea, dizziness, and more.


Examples of Triggers:

Seizures in photosensitive people may be triggered by exposure to some of the following situations:

-Television screens or computer monitors due to the flicker or rolling images.

-Certain video games or TV broadcasts containing rapid flashes or alternating patterns of different colors.

-Intense strobe lights like visual fire alarms.

-Natural light, such as sunlight, especially when shimmering off water, flickering through trees or through the slats of Venetian blinds.

-Certain visual patterns, especially stripes of contrasting colors.

-Some people wonder whether flashing lights on the top of buses or emergency vehicles may trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy too.

-Not all televisions, video games, computer monitors, and strobe lights trigger seizures.

-Even in predisposed individuals, many factors must combine to trigger the photosensitive reaction.

Examples include:

-Frequency of the flash (that is, how quickly the light is flashing)

-Brightness

-Contrast with background lighting

-Distance between the viewer and the light source

-Wavelength of the light

-Whether a person’s eyes are open or closed

-Check with your doctor if you are concerned about flashing lights triggering seizures. Chances are that your medical records will indicate how you responded to flashing lights during the electroencephalogram (EEG), a test done routinely in most people with epilepsy.

-During this test, sensors are attached to the person’s scalp to monitor the electrical activity of the brain in various conditions, including light stimulation generated by a strobe positioned in front of the eyes.

-An abnormal response to various frequencies of flashing lights indicates the presence of photosensitivity.

-If you have not been diagnosed with epilepsy or have not had an EEG, ask your doctor about ordering one for you or consult a local neurologist.

-Finding out if you are photosensitive can be helpful if your daily activities include risks such as intense videogame playing.

Tips From the Epilepsy Foundation:

Exposure to Strong Environmental Lights:

-Avoid exposure to certain kinds of flashing lights if possible.

-Cover one eye and turn away from the source of flashing lights. Closing both eyes or turning your eyes in another direction will not help.

Television Screens:

-Watch television in a well-lit room to reduce the contrast between light from the set and light in the room.

-Reduce the brightness of the screen.

-Sit as far back from the screen as possible.

-Use the remote control to change channels on the TV so you won’t have to get too close to the set.

-Avoid watching for long periods of time.

-Wear polarized sunglasses while viewing television to reduce glare.

Video Games:

-Sit at least 2 feet from the screen in a well-lit room.

-Reduce the brightness of the screen.

-Do not let children play videogames if they are tired.

-Take frequent breaks from games and look away from the screen every once in a while.

-Do not close and open eyes while looking at the screen.

-Blinking may facilitate seizures in sensitive individuals.

-Cover one eye while playing.

-Alternate which eye is covered at regular intervals.

-Turn the game off if strange or unusual feelings or body jerks develop.

Computer Monitors:

-Use a flicker-free monitor (LCD display or flat screen).

-Use a monitor glare guard.

-Wear non-glare glasses to reduce glare from the screen.

-Take frequent breaks from tasks involving the computer.

Social Media Video Autoplay:

-It is possible on most social media and some website browsers to turn off (or disable) the video autoplay feature. Taking this step on the tools you use can help limit your risk of exposure to potentially seizure, and headache-inducing content

Strobe Lights:

-The Epilepsy Foundation advised to (as much as possible) avoid being in places where strobe lights are used, such as certain bars or clubs.

-If a strobe light suddenly appears, cover one eye and turn away from the source of flashing lights and try to leave the area.

-School dances may also have strobes; however most schools will avoid strobe lights if there is a student with photosensitive epilepsy who wishes to attend the dance. It is important to convey this need to the school.

Visual Fire Alarm Strobe Lights:

-Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), most workplaces and also places that serve the public, including theaters, restaurants, and recreation areas, are required to have fire alarms that flash - as well as ring - so that people who cannot hear (or cannot hear well) will know there is an emergency.

-To reduce the likelihood of the strobe light triggering a seizure,the Epilepsy Foundation’s Professional Advisory Board's recommendations are below:

-The flash rate be kept to under 2 Hertz with breaks every so often between flashes.

-Flashing lights should be placed at a distance from each other and set to flash together at the same time to avoid an increase in the number of individual flashes.
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Re: STROBBING Lights

Post by Moderator_Preston » 4 months ago

Catticus wrote:
4 months ago
@Moderator_Preston

Strobe lights, Flashing lights, etc. CAN DEFINITELY trigger seizures.

PLEASE forward this to your TV Production Team!

I know that to many people this could easily seem to be a trivial thing.

But it is actually EXTREMELY serious.

Thank You!
🌸💞😊💞🌸

The Epilepsy Foundation states that for about 3% of people with epilepsy, exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities, or to certain visual patterns, can trigger seizures.

This condition is known as "photosensitive epilepsy."


Photosensitive epilepsy is more common in those with generalized epilepsy and with certain epilepsy syndromes, such as juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and epilepsy with eyelid myoclonia (Jeavon’s syndrome).

The Epilepsy Foundation states that many people are not aware that they are sensitive to flickering lights or to certain kinds of patterns - until they have a seizure.

They may never go on to develop epilepsy with spontaneous seizures. Also, they could only have seizures triggered by certain photic (light) conditions.

Many individuals who do not have epilepsy, can still be disturbed by light exposure.

While they do not develop seizures, they can have other symptoms, such as headache, nausea, dizziness, and more.


Examples of Triggers:

Seizures in photosensitive people may be triggered by exposure to some of the following situations:

-Television screens or computer monitors due to the flicker or rolling images.

-Certain video games or TV broadcasts containing rapid flashes or alternating patterns of different colors.

-Intense strobe lights like visual fire alarms.

-Natural light, such as sunlight, especially when shimmering off water, flickering through trees or through the slats of Venetian blinds.

-Certain visual patterns, especially stripes of contrasting colors.

-Some people wonder whether flashing lights on the top of buses or emergency vehicles may trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy too.

-Not all televisions, video games, computer monitors, and strobe lights trigger seizures.

-Even in predisposed individuals, many factors must combine to trigger the photosensitive reaction.

Examples include:

-Frequency of the flash (that is, how quickly the light is flashing)

-Brightness

-Contrast with background lighting

-Distance between the viewer and the light source

-Wavelength of the light

-Whether a person’s eyes are open or closed

-Check with your doctor if you are concerned about flashing lights triggering seizures. Chances are that your medical records will indicate how you responded to flashing lights during the electroencephalogram (EEG), a test done routinely in most people with epilepsy.

-During this test, sensors are attached to the person’s scalp to monitor the electrical activity of the brain in various conditions, including light stimulation generated by a strobe positioned in front of the eyes.

-An abnormal response to various frequencies of flashing lights indicates the presence of photosensitivity.

-If you have not been diagnosed with epilepsy or have not had an EEG, ask your doctor about ordering one for you or consult a local neurologist.

-Finding out if you are photosensitive can be helpful if your daily activities include risks such as intense videogame playing.

Tips From the Epilepsy Foundation:

Exposure to Strong Environmental Lights:

-Avoid exposure to certain kinds of flashing lights if possible.

-Cover one eye and turn away from the source of flashing lights. Closing both eyes or turning your eyes in another direction will not help.

Television Screens:

-Watch television in a well-lit room to reduce the contrast between light from the set and light in the room.

-Reduce the brightness of the screen.

-Sit as far back from the screen as possible.

-Use the remote control to change channels on the TV so you won’t have to get too close to the set.

-Avoid watching for long periods of time.

-Wear polarized sunglasses while viewing television to reduce glare.

Video Games:

-Sit at least 2 feet from the screen in a well-lit room.

-Reduce the brightness of the screen.

-Do not let children play videogames if they are tired.

-Take frequent breaks from games and look away from the screen every once in a while.

-Do not close and open eyes while looking at the screen.

-Blinking may facilitate seizures in sensitive individuals.

-Cover one eye while playing.

-Alternate which eye is covered at regular intervals.

-Turn the game off if strange or unusual feelings or body jerks develop.

Computer Monitors:

-Use a flicker-free monitor (LCD display or flat screen).

-Use a monitor glare guard.

-Wear non-glare glasses to reduce glare from the screen.

-Take frequent breaks from tasks involving the computer.

Social Media Video Autoplay:

-It is possible on most social media and some website browsers to turn off (or disable) the video autoplay feature. Taking this step on the tools you use can help limit your risk of exposure to potentially seizure, and headache-inducing content

Strobe Lights:

-The Epilepsy Foundation advised to (as much as possible) avoid being in places where strobe lights are used, such as certain bars or clubs.

-If a strobe light suddenly appears, cover one eye and turn away from the source of flashing lights and try to leave the area.

-School dances may also have strobes; however most schools will avoid strobe lights if there is a student with photosensitive epilepsy who wishes to attend the dance. It is important to convey this need to the school.

Visual Fire Alarm Strobe Lights:

-Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), most workplaces and also places that serve the public, including theaters, restaurants, and recreation areas, are required to have fire alarms that flash - as well as ring - so that people who cannot hear (or cannot hear well) will know there is an emergency.

-To reduce the likelihood of the strobe light triggering a seizure,the Epilepsy Foundation’s Professional Advisory Board's recommendations are below:

-The flash rate be kept to under 2 Hertz with breaks every so often between flashes.

-Flashing lights should be placed at a distance from each other and set to flash together at the same time to avoid an increase in the number of individual flashes.
Good morning,

Thank you so much for your post, I have shared this with the team as well!
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Post by Catticus » 4 months ago

Thank You, Preston! 🌸💞🌸
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Post by Jace » 4 months ago

Catticus:
You are to be commended on that EXCELLENT, explicit post!!
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