Monday, January 23, 2012
Can Solo Dresses Cause Epileptic Siezures?
I do not pretend to have anything close to what fashionable people might call "good taste." However, I do have a few internal alarm systems. One concern I have is:"How far can solo dresses go with geometrical designs and neon colors before the adjudicators, who must sit still and watch dresses like the above flash by hour after hour at Irish dance competitions--feiseanna, develop some serious Post Traumatic Bling Disorders? Or epileptic seizures?"
The following is research I lifted about the correlation between seizures and too many geometric-like shapes:
"Most patients experiencing subjective symptoms describe visual phenomena as the initial ictal manifestation. These are usually reported as bright, multicolored, or occasionally manifesting dark rings, spots, or simple geometric forms, which are continuous or flashing. These are usually, but not necessarily, in the periphery of the visual field, crossing to the opposite side while rotating or moving slowly. Ictal amaurosis, blindness or severe blurring of vision, limited to one hemifield, quadrant, or involving the entire visual field, may follow..."
So perhaps the Irish dancing community ought to think about the health risks the judges they employ at their competitions face? Maybe the adjudicators should be able to get some kind of insurance coverage along with their feis fees if they develop a seizure condition after a feis? Worker's Comp?
Brenna Briggs is the author of THE LIFFEY RIVERS IRISH DANCER MYSTERIES.