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3D TV May Trigger Seizures
04/14/2010

Samsung recently issued a warning on its Web site about 3D television. The company cautions that some viewers may experience an epileptic seizure or stroke when exposed to flashing images or lights contained in certain television pictures or video games. People who experience seizures triggered by flickering or rolling televisions screens have what is called photosensitive epilepsy.

Even people without a personal or family history of epilepsy or stroke may have an undiagnosed condition that can cause photosensitive epileptic seizures. Pregnant women, the elderly, sufferers of serious medical conditions, those who are sleep deprived or under the influence of alcohol should avoid utilizing the unit’s 3D functionality.

Samsung cautions that children and teenagers may be more likely than adults to experience the following symptoms. Parents should monitor their children and ask whether they are experiencing these symptoms. The company recommends that people who have epilepsy, or a family history of epilepsy or stroke, should consult with a medical specialist before using the 3D function.
 
The company cautions that if you experience any of the following symptoms, stop viewing 3D pictures immediately and consult a medical specialist:

•altered vision
•lightheadedness
•dizziness
•involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching
•confusion
•nausea
•convulsions
•cramps; and/ or
disorientation
Viewing 3D television may also cause motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain and decreased postural stability. It is recommended that users take frequent breaks to lessen the potential of these effects. If your eyes show signs of fatigue or dryness or if you have any of the above symptoms, immediately discontinue use of this device and do not resume using it for at least thirty minutes after the symptoms have subsided.

For Samsung's full warning, click here.


 



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