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Disney warns 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' may cause seizures in people with epilepsy

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WWMT) -- Walt Disney Studios officials said “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" may trigger seizures in people with epilepsy.

According to a statement from the Epilepsy Foundation, the film contains several sequences with imagery and flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Foundation released the following tips to consider when making plans to watch 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.

Officials said for about 3% of people with epilepsy, flashing lights at certain intensities or certain visual patterns can trigger seizures. This condition is known as photosensitive epilepsy and it’s more common in children and adolescents.