From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
LANDOVER, MD — On Saturday, June 16, the Epilepsy Foundation released a statement regarding Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 expressing their concern of flashing lights that could be a potential risk to viewers who have epilepsy.
“Members of our community have expressed concerns about flashing lights in the new Disney Pixar movie “Incredibles 2,” and, in certain instances, people having experienced a seizure during the movie.”
“We stand with our epilepsy warriors and their families as they voice their concerns about the movie and appreciate the efforts some theaters have already made to post warning signs for people waiting to see the movie.”
To avoid any serious medical incidents, the Epilepsy Foundation is requesting that Disney Pixar post a warning on all its digital properties, including relevant websites and social media channels, about what has been described as “flashing” and “strobe” lights in its “Incredibles 2” movie. “There should be a warning of the potential effects on people with visual sensitive epilepsy or migraine features.”
For about 3 percent of people with epilepsy, exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities, or with certain visual patterns, can trigger seizures. This condition is known as photosensitive epilepsy and it’s more common in children and adolescents, especially those with generalized epilepsy and a type known as juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.
For those who have been diagnosed with photosensitive epilepsy — or are simply sensitive to flashing lights — and are planning to watch the movie, they should be advised that the flashing lights may trigger seizures in some people.
To learn more about photosensitive epilepsy, including what you can do if flashing lights bother you, check out: http://bit.ly/2gHUPU0.