It is a common misconception that people with epilepsy cannot go to clubs or discos due to the risk of being exposed to flashing lights. As the social lives of young people may involve going to clubs, it is important that they are not restricted socially without reason. Generally, it is only strobe lights, which may trigger a seizure in people who have photosensitive epilepsy. This form of epilepsy is rare and is usually diagnosed during a routine EEG. It is also usually easily controlled by medication. Where strobe lighting is unavoidable, covering one eye will reduce the photosensitive effect.
See also our leaflet about Photosensitive Epilepsy or on this website select ‘Photosensitivity’.