Using computers with photo-sensitive epilepsy

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, there are 65 million people worldwide with epilepsy. Approximately 3% of these will find that exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities or certain visual patters can trigger seizures.

Photosensitive epilepsy is more common in children and adolescents, especially those with generalised epilepsy, and a type known as juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, states the Foundation. It becomes less frequent with age, with relatively few cases in the mid-twenties.









Saturday 26 March is International Epilepsy Awareness Day, also known as Purple Day. We have created a short factsheet for people with photo-sensitive epilepsy who are interested in using computers and other technology safely. It covers:

  • Photo-sensitive epilepsy
  • Flicker-free screens
  • Lighting
  • General advice on reducing tension, eye strain and epilepsy related problems when using the computer.
  • Useful organisations

Please feel free to download the factsheet. We hope you find it useful. 

Photo: Screenshot of the Epilepsy Foundation's Purple Day page.

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