Problem

Photosensitive epilepsy

Other Names:
Hazardous flickering lights
Flickering television screens
Nature:
Flickering television, VDUs and strobe disco lights are known to provoke epileptic fits in sensitive people. There is also a possibility that video games and virtual reality units could aggravate the risk of seizures.
Incidence:
15,000 of the 300,000 people with epilepsy in the UK have the photosensitive kind. After each showing of a cartoon featuring strobe-light in Japan, 700 viewers suffered epilepsy-like seizures, muscle spasms and nausea.
Values:
Hazard
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
23.09.1999 – 00:00 CEST
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