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Disney warns new 'Star Wars' film could trigger seizures in those with epilepsy

Walt Disney Studios is advising movie-goers to exercise caution when going to see the highly-anticipated “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

According to the release in conjunction with the Epilepsy Foundation, the movie has a few sequences with "imagery and sustained flashing lights" that could negatively affect those who have photosensitive epilepsy. Disney says for about 3% of people with the neurological disorder, certain levels of flashing lights or certain visual patterns can trigger seizures.

Disney recommends these tips as you make plans to see the movie:

  • Ask a friend to watch the movie first.
  • Take your friend with you when you go see the film to alert you to which scenes contain the flashing lights so you block your eyes during those scenes.
  • Teach your friend the three simple steps of seizure first aid — Stay, Safe, Side — so that they can assist if you have a seizure.

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" hits theaters on December 20.

To learn more about photosensitive epilepsy, visit this website.