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Doctor insights on: Flashing Lights Epilepsy

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Are flashing lights cataract symptoms?

Are flashing lights cataract symptoms?

Not usually: Cataracts cause halos/glare especially when driving at night, blurry vision, loss of contrast sensitivity (decreased contrast between objects & background ) & decreased vision: even on; these symptoms worse with time. Flashing lights usually due to vitreous changes, retinal traction, hole, detachment, or brain blood flow issues/migraines; More info: [email protected] ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of ...Read more


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Can flashing lights set off seizures?

Can flashing lights set off seizures?

Trigger: Yes it can, if you have tendency for generalized or myoclonic seizures, flasing lights can be a trigger of the seizure, so it is advised to avoid flasing lights including video games that contain a lot of flashings. ...Read more

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Does petit mal causes flash lights.

Does petit mal causes flash lights.

"Petit mal": does not cause flashing lights. Flashing lights don't usually cause Petit Mal (absence seizures) Partial seizures and Generalized Tonic Clonic seizures can be brought on by lights flashing at specific frequencies (also called Nintendo Epilepsy) Absence ( Petit mal) is more likely to be brought on by hyperventilation. These brief generalized seizures typically last 1-3 seconds. ...Read more

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Are flickering lights in vision an aura?

Are flickering lights in vision an aura?

Possible, but...: Possible if you suffer from migraines. Flashing or flickering in one eye can also signal pulling by the vitreous on the retina. Get it checked out! ...Read more

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How come flashing lights cause seizures?

How come flashing lights cause seizures?

Photoparoxysmal resp: Photoparoxysmal responses (ppr) is an abnormal visual sensitivity of the brain in reaction to intermittent photic stimulation. Photosensitivity depends on the intensity, the contrast of the visual stimulus, and the specific frequency of flashing. The flashing patterns of certain games and television shows trigger epileptic seizures in only 5% of epileptics. Photosensitive epileptics peak at 10-14. ...Read more

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Is zig zag flashing vision symptom of stroke?

Is zig zag flashing vision symptom of stroke?

No: These symptoms most probably in your age is ophthalmic migraine with or without ensuing headache. See your neurologist or eye-md for work up. ...Read more

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Why can flashing lights cause seizures?

Overstimulation: The part of the brain affected is overstimulated by the light flashes. This is abnormal, of course. ...Read more

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Can seizures be triggered by flashing lights?

Can seizures be triggered by flashing lights?

Yes: The routein EEG usually includes a flashing light segment to see if this brings out abnormal brain wave activity that could be related to seizures. Eeg studies without this segment are considered incomplete. ...Read more

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Can following a bike's flashing led trigger seizures in strobe-sensitive epilepsy?

Can following a bike's flashing led trigger seizures in strobe-sensitive epilepsy?

Absolutely!: Each person with epilepsy may or may not have triggering factors; whether the led will cause a seizure depends on the speed of the flash as well as the individual. If the flash frequency is really slow, it may not trigger a seizure. ...Read more

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Can flashing lights and quick movements cause seizures?

Can flashing lights and quick movements cause seizures?

Rare: Certain flashing lights can in certain pts. I never heard of sudden movements. ...Read more

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What are treatments for migraine aura or scintillating scotoma?

What are treatments for migraine aura or scintillating scotoma?

Start med early: Most likely this is a migraine with aura; because there is an aura, recommendation would be to take a tryptan as soon as you think it might be coming on. ...Read more

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44yo new onset migraines with aura. Inbetween migraines, having palinopsia, photophobia and vertigo spells. Vestibular migraines or something else?

44yo new onset migraines with aura. Inbetween migraines, having palinopsia, photophobia and vertigo spells. Vestibular migraines or something else?

Possible: Migraines can cause virtually any neurological symptoms. The rule out thumb is, rule out more serious causes first, so if you have not sought an evaluation yet, please do so. ...Read more

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Can the strobe light trigger seizures?

Can the strobe light trigger seizures?

Yes: For some reason, in some people with seizures, a strobe light may stimulate the brain to have seizure activity. ...Read more

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Flashing lights, loss of side vision after fall?

Flashing lights, loss of side vision after fall?

Retinal problem: Flashing light and loss of vision could represent damage to the retina particularly after a trauma. See your eye doctor immediately to see whether there is any retinal damage. Time is a key factor in the prognosis after treatment. ...Read more

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Does anyone treat visual distortions during aura or migraine headaches?

Does anyone treat visual distortions during aura or migraine headaches?

Aura management: I would imagine that treating the migraine headaches would result in diminishing visual distortions. ...Read more

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What could auras, vision blackouts, sparkles in vision and vision loss indicate?

What could auras, vision blackouts, sparkles in vision and vision loss indicate?

Auras, visual issues: Indicate the need to see an eye doctor or your family doc ASAP. The sooner this is treated the less likely it is to create permanent damage. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can laser or strobe lighting cause seizures?

Yes: Laser lights and stobe lights can trigger seizures in some patients prone for this brain activity. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and ...Read more