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How Tinted Lenses Can Help People With Epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders and can severely affect the lives of those afflicted. While there is no known cure, evidence has shown that tinted lenses can provide some relief for those suffering from this condition.

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder causing reoccurring seizures. It can affect people of any age and sometimes results from brain injuries or genetic factors; however, for many, the origin is unknown.

Are there visual causes for epileptic seizures?

Photosensitive epilepsy can be triggered by certain visual stimulus. Being exposed to flickering tv screens, rapid flashes, strobe lights, and bright contrasting patterns can cause seizures for those with this condition.

Can tinted lenses help with photosensitive epilepsy?

While tinted lenses will not cure photosensitive epilepsy, they can reduce some of its effects. Tinted lenses have been shown to lessen the prevalence of seizure-inducing flickering dot patterns. In one study, patients diagnosed with photosensitive epilepsy were prescribed tinted lenses, and 57% reported benefits, including diminished dizziness from fluorescent lighting and less negative effects from looking at computer screens.

What color tints help most for photosensitive epilepsy?

Blue-tinted lenses have been shown to be the most successful in reducing epileptic seizures. Several studies have suggested that blue tints help reduce the photoparoxysymal response, which is the abnormal response leading to seizures from flashing lights.

Are you interested in exploring how tinted lenses may be beneficial for you? Eyewear Insight offers a variety of tinted lenses, including blue tints that may help with symptoms of photosensitive epilepsy. Learn more here.

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