Posted 27 September 2013 - 05:36 PM
Posted 27 September 2013 - 05:50 PM
flashing lights/certain auditory beats can induce seizure in some, primarily epilepsy of course, but can also contribute to road hypnosis as well. Not all seizures are the violent twitching we see in the media. It could be a secondary neurological issue, perhaps, but might be worth investigating.
Sunglasses or tinted windows help at all?
Posted 27 September 2013 - 08:28 PM
The flashing of sun through the trees is very much a problem for me when driving. Makes me really sleepy. Fortunately it's not so much of a problem where I live now...not that many trees on the side of the road and I'm usually only doing short distances anyway.
I need distance glasses to drive and, when I first noticed the problem, went to the kind of lenses that darken automatically in the sun. It made a difference...also playing loud music in the car with the window down and singing at the top of my lungs.
Posted 28 September 2013 - 09:30 AM
Posted 28 September 2013 - 10:04 AM
I've never had a seizure, or cataplexy, but that sounds like a very, very mild one. be careful if you do get checked out for it, because if it is a sign of something more serious, you could lost your license depending where you live. I can relate to the experience though, strobes are fine for me, but there's a very precise frequency that makes me kind of blank out. You could change the frequency of the flashes between the trees by speeding up, or, by slowing down, if filtering the light doesn't help
Posted 29 September 2013 - 10:51 AM
Posted 29 September 2013 - 11:54 AM
If it's not a mild type of seizure, not the violent ones we see on TV, it could be Irlen Syndrome - http://irlen.com/lig...y_self_test.php
I remember having light issues, though, I didn't fall asleep, I just sneeze (photoptarmosis)
If it's Irlen - you can get glasses tinted to filter the part of the spectrum that triggers it. I would definitely recommend you do speak to a doctor, discretely. If it is some sort of seizure, and has the potential to be worse, you're putting yourself, and potentially others, at risk when you're behind the wheel.
Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:33 AM
Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:37 AM
Posted 02 October 2013 - 08:26 AM
Of course now I'm really scared to talk to my doctor about it. He knows I was falling asleep behind the wheel and made no mention of reporting me. So maybe I can talk to him about it? I'm buying a new car tomorrow... I don't wanna spend almost $14k on a new car and then have my license taken away! Ugh... why can't I just be a normal 22 year old?! That would be so great to just feel normal for once.
It may depend on your state, but, I'm not sure they're required to report it directly, it might be your responsibility, in which case, it's your decision. One reason for the whole doctor/patient confidentiality is so you can openly discuss your symptoms without fear, to get the treatment you need. Hope things work out!
Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:10 PM