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Seizures caused by fluorescent lighting?

I recently heard someone mention that fluorescent lighting can cause seizures for some people. Does anyone know if there is any truth to this? If it is true, it would be very hard if fluorescent lights were to replace the incandescent bulbs.


My daughter's seizures are triggered by fluorescent lighting. Natural light does not seem to cause her a problem. It has gotten better since being on medication, but long exposure can still cause problems. Before medication, we could not use the fluorescent light in our kitchen. She could only be in wal-mart/target for a brief time. On medication, the kitchen light does not bother her, but she still can't stay in stores with fluorescent lighting for a really long time. Her school class room has been modified where they use natural light from the window, plus lamps. The teacher likes it better too, because the glare is not as bad in the room. But, to answer your question, most definatly it can cause seizures.

Hi Lori,

Any chance you'd be willing to share with me the name of the medication that worked for your daughter? I also have seizures from fluorescent lights. I've been living with them for the past three years by avoiding fluorescent lights altogether (no grocery stores, working from home, etc) and am ready to try something out to treat them. My neurologist prescribed Tegretol, but I'd like to know what other options I have--if any.


Fluorescent lighting doesn't bother me but something close to it...Those new blue headlights bother the hell out of me! It doesn't matter whether it's from oncoming traffic or from cars behind me. I think it bothered a lot of people so I don'tsee them too much but every once in a while I do and I practically have to shield my eyes...pretty tough when your driving.

And really bright sunlight affects me too.

Well you can replace the lights in your home, but if you work in an office, you can speak with the Facilities Management area to change the bulbs. If it's at your own desk, I don't see why you can't check them.

Good luck and hope you're well.

I am well. And at my local epilepsy society, the epilepsy program coordinator said the centre had some special tinted glasses that are clinically proven to reduce the effect of lights that trigger seizures. She is giving members a chance to try them for a week and if they help possibly funding glasses for people who can use them.
I also met other members who have an issue with fluorescent lights and seizures. One of them wears the glasses and the other has yet to get her glasses.
Sunlight is a real benefit to me as I really cheer up when the sun is out. I work in the garden/horticultural industry, which helps.

Hi know what is a trigger for me? Driving in a car with bright sunlght filtering rapidly through the trees...a 'strobe'- like effect...I have to cover my face fast! Wierd what sets us off, eh?

I'm just about to go back to work (in those fluorescent lights for the first time since my new dx of seizures) so will have to watch myself closely)

Be well everyone!

Deb aka spaznurse

Hi All,

I had my first seizure at Wal-Mart. I was looking for a blender and I woke up in the hospital! I went to wal mart again a week after the first seizure and nothing happened, but a month later I went back and I felt really bad. I ran out and nothing happenned, but I think the lights at these stores are waaay to bright. I have fluorescent lights at home and nothing happens to me. Perhaps is wise to stay away. I'll save money and stay on my feet! LOL


I have photosensitivity seizures which are set off by strobes or flashing lights. Though correctly operating flourescent lights do not bother me - there are some that are slightly flickering because the ballast is going out or the fixture has a bad connection. It happened a few months back when at the grocery store and the deli bulb was slightly flickering behind the counter. It was like tiny little shock waves going through me. You might do some reasearch on photosensitivity seizures. It does not affect everyone, but if you are sensitive to it,it can really be a challenge.

Lights do bother me, I can relate, I was just diagnosed with myoclonic jerks, and I also suffer migraines. I thought I was crazy when I went somewhere and I felt like the light bulbs were pulling my eyes right out of my head. It very often triggers migraines for me.

I recently found out that my local epilepsy society is offering people a chance to try out some special prescription sunglasses that reduce the effects of fluorescent lights for a week. Some people have found such a remarkable difference they are getting their own, with some help from the society. Fluorescent lights don't bother my epilepsy; quite the opposite: I can get depressed easily in the fall so I benefit from any bright light. But I still have to respect people whose epilepsy could be worse than my depression.

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