Disney Issues Epilepsy Warning for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the highly anticipated conclusion to the Skywalker saga, could trigger seizures in photosensitive people.

The Walt Disney Company issued a statement with the Epilepsy Foundation warning viewers that the film contains “several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights” that could affect those with photosensitive epilepsy.

Disney suggested posting notices at movie theaters to warn viewers of the risk.

The company didn’t elaborate on how the effects are used or what scenes they appear in.

People with photosensitive epilepsy can still watch the film.

Flashing lights at certain intensities and certain patterns can trigger seizures in about 3% of people with epilepsy, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. Anything from the flashing strobe of a fire alarm to flickering computer monitors can trigger seizures in photosensitive people.

Photosensitive epilepsy happens to be more common in young people, the foundation says, and happens less as those with epilepsy age.

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases, affecting about 50 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Earlier in the year, there were epilepsy warnings at movie theaters for Incredibles 2, but not until after viewers shared concerns on Twitter.

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