Is the ‘Incredibles 2’ causing people with epilepsy to have seizures?

Jun 19, 2018, 4:35 AM | Updated: Jun 21, 2018, 1:53 pm
This image released by Disney Pixar shows a scene from "Incredibles 2." (Disney/Pixar via AP)...

This image released by Disney Pixar shows a scene from "Incredibles 2." (Disney/Pixar via AP)

(Disney/Pixar via AP)

PHOENIX — Some scenes in the new Disney-Pixar movie “Incredibles 2” is reportedly causing some people with epilepsy to have seizures.

A series of tweets by user Veronica Lewis went viral over the weekend, warning moviegoers that the film is “filled with tons of strobe/flashing lights that can cause issues for people with epilepsy, migraines and chronic illness.” The film also reportedly did not have any type of trigger warning.

Many other users have said the film caused them to have issues or that they witnessed other people have seizures during it.

Angus Wilfong, the associate director of the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, said it is certainly possible that a film can trigger seizures for people with epilepsy.

“Certain frequencies of flickering or flashing lights — this has been known for a very long time,” he said.

“If the flashing light is particularly bright, or occupies a lot of the…screen, then it’s more likely to trigger a seizure.”

Red lights, Wilfong said, seem to be the biggest problem. And “flashing lights faster than three per second are the most likely to trigger seizures.”

According to Variety, Disney has “been notified of the situation and asked all theaters that are showing ‘Incredibles 2’ to notify patrons of the scene in question.”

In a webpage dedicated to the issue, The Epilepsy Foundation said “photosensitive epilepsy is more common in children and adolescents, especially those with generalized epilepsy and a type known as juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. It becomes less frequent with age, with relatively few cases in the mid-20s.

“Many people are unaware that they are sensitive to flickering lights or to certain kinds of patterns until they have a seizure.”

The foundation also offered several tips for people with epilepsy to reduce their seizure potential in theaters, home, and work.

Those tips included avoiding exposure to certain kinds of flashing lights, wearing polarized sunglasses while viewing television to reduce glare and turning video games off if strange or unusual feelings or body jerks develop.

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Is the ‘Incredibles 2’ causing people with epilepsy to have seizures?