Neurology Community
Video game induced dizziness
About This Community:

This forum is for questions and support regarding neurology issues such as: Alzheimer's Disease, ALS, Autism, Brain Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Pain, Epilepsy, Headaches, MS, Neuralgia, Neuropathy, Parkinson's Disease, RSD, Sleep Disorders, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Video game induced dizziness

Hello there.Just recently I stumbled upon a problem that i'd heard alot about but never thought it would affect me.You see, I was playing GH3 tonight on my PS3, LCD HDTV, and I do wear glasses.I was also siting approximately 2-3 feet from the TV.In one of the music sets it kept cutting to this camera angle which was basically a moving birds eye view.It bothered me a bit, but I figured it was nothing and just kept playing.This scenario happened 2-3 more times until I started feeling pretty weird.I paused the game for a second, took off my glasses and looked to the right at my games/dvd collection and was stunned at what I was seeing.The games/movies appeared to be getting bigger and smaller, closer to me and further away (I know first thought may be that I was drunk or stoned but I haven't had anything to drink for over and week and don't do any drugs) and this REALLY freaked me out and I can't have that since I have anxiety problems.After a few minutes this feeling went away and my vision was perfect again.Needless to say I stopped playing immediately and started  
googling this for answers.While most people have had dizziness and vertigo with mostly combat based games, none were really dead on with what I had experienced.I wanted to get some more opinions based specifically on my problem and hopefully many others can gain useful knowledge from your answers.
Thanks so much in advance!
Related Discussions
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_dr_f_tn
Hi there. This is video game related motion sickness/ dizziness and the best way to tackle this is to stop playing video games before it worsens. Open the windows of the room or step out and breathe in fresh air and stay there till normalcy. Certain precautions can be taken like turn on more lights, sit as far from the computer screen. You can try chewing ginger pills which can alleviate dizziness.
Consult a neurologist for further evaluation and prescription of drugs for the dizziness if the above measures don’t help. Take care.
Blank
144586_tn?1284669764
The "flicker" from a CRT screen affects the optic nerve. Under certain circumstances this can precipitate an actual epileptic seizure.  Or a medical condition somewhat short of a complete seizure. The same thing can happen from the flickering of sun through an aircraft propeller blade. Certain animations and CRT configurations exacerbate this phenomena. The "flicker" affects the brain. How exactly a seizure is induce is not clear.  This medical problem has been well-documented and researched. Sitting "far" from the computer screen has nothing whatsoever to do with the problem, nor does "turning on more lights".

There is a genetic componant.

Use of a polarized screen or polarized eyeglasses help some people.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Hello, one night I stayed up playing Cod Gohsts on my PS3 during a game I felt a weird sensation of spinning so I immediately stopped and went to sleep but I couldn't sleep because when ever I was just about to fall asleep I would get dizzy. This happened in January 2014 and I've had dizziness since it doesn't bother me when I sleep any more. I'm always on my iPad playing clash of clans, I have recently been disoriented and have lost some of my sense of awareness. What do I do? Please help.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Neurology Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
Top Neurology Answerers
620923_tn?1436154699
Blank
selmaS
Allentown, PA
338416_tn?1420049302
Blank
jensequitur
Fort Worth, TX
293157_tn?1285877039
Blank
Wobbly
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Ball123
1780921_tn?1416842066
Blank
flipper336
Chandler, AZ
209987_tn?1418913008
Blank
tschock
AB