What are your visual triggers?

What kind of visual things set you into dizziness? Just curious …

Mine are many
certain lights
flashes of lights, the movies sometimes
bright lights
watching the waves can do it
sometimes the more that I move around just does it
grey colored days

Also like today I am moving around cleaning and I start feeling pulled to one side and then REALLY off, so now I HAVE to stop and just sit down and take a break and HOPEFULLY they (my eyes maybe, idk) will calm down and I will be able to get up and do more without feeling SO OFF…I hate this…hate this life that I have to live! Use to be able to clean and do all the things I wanted to and now NOT!!! I HATE this so much, having a very frustrated day!!! Just wanna crawl in a hole and stop fighting to do things and live a normal life as much as I can…I WANT my life back!!!

Donna Jo

I’ve got a few:

moving traffic while I’m driving
too much computer work with data entry
sometimes the lighting at my office and big stores

I feel like it’s getting a bit better with the Prozac now, finally.

sunshine, especially if it is glaring off of snow
being at a stop sign and having cars next to me move
flashing/blinking lights, even if it only flashes for one tenth of a second
the flash of digital cameras is terrible
flickering shadows as seen through trees while driving
seeing something move in a mirror
watching someone on a swing, rocking chair, etc.
reading in a car
talking with someone who rocks as they talk
I’m sure there is lots more, this is all I can think of right now

I have problems with certain lighting,
watching moving objects,
like when I throw the ball for my dogs
ceiling fans
definitely talking to someone with a bobble head
flourescent lighting
rear view mirrow watching
reading in car and sometimes on a plane
writing (but not reading) gets me goofy…like when I watch what I"m writing…strange!!


I really have one main problem and that is computer screens. A movie cinema can do it too sometimes but I have to be in the trenches for that to happen these days. Also, another thing is when I’m typing on a keyboard. My eyes flick around the keyboard and that can make me feel much worse if I’m symptomatic.


Too long on the computer
TV adverts that move across the screen
Cinema (noise and too close up screen)
Watching a roundabout
Watching a dog run round in circles chasing its tail
Stopping at a T junction (road seems to move away)
Watching a passing train
Watching passing traffic
Talking to a friend with patterned wallpaper behind her
Talking to a friend with sunlight streaming through the window
Sun flickering between trees
Looking at fine striped patterns
Scanning the food in supermarkets
Talking to someone who bobs around
Standing in the sea with the water moving past
Bending over to wash hair
Bending over to get something thats fallen underneath something
Laying on side and turning over onto back
Talking to someone on a plane turning my head to the side when the plane bobs up and down
Talking to someone sitting at the side of me

Living :?


Visual stimuli which I find ‘bothersome’ all the way up to ‘unbearable’ are (in no particular order):

Flickering fluoro lights (i.e. just before they need to be changed)
Harsh, bright, hot sunlight
Shaky and/or hand held camera work in films
Strobe lights and wildly moving spot lights eg at a stadium show
Dappled light through trees/leaves
Anything which ‘shimmers’ eg striped or swirly patterns on carpets, walls etc
Flickering candle light
Blinking/flashing lights eg on a computer monitor
Fast moving objects which create a visual riot - eg the view from a train, especially another passing train
Fans - ceiling or otherwise

Some of those I can control. For example, I have a post it note taped over the flickering blue ‘on’ switch of my computer at work, others, of course we can’t control. The one that REALLY shits me though is the strobe and wildly moving spot lights either on film, in a club or at a show. That would have to bother a LOT of people - epileptics for example. I recently had to walk out of the pre show ‘light extravaganza’ along with accompanying unbearable doof doof music at Acer Arena in Sydney for, get this, a comedy act (Russel Peters, very funny) - not a rock concert. I innocently went along for a few laughs and had to wait outside, cringing from the sensory overload until the pre show madness stopped. Sheesh.

I also find if I read, either hard copy or on a computer screen, for more than about 10 minutes at a stretch the words start to swim and I get floaters and ‘blind spots’ so big I can’t see chunks of the page. Double sheesh.

For the record, here are mine (many overlap with others’ triggers)

Flickering candles/ flames in open fires
Flashing fairy lights (hated the ones over Xmas)
Sunlight through trees flickering when driving along
Flashing red light on car immobiliser - drives me nuts
Plain walls
Shaky cameras during films
Sweeping camera movement during films
Watching people spinning round when dancing
Fluorescent lights
Flashing lights in clubs together with loud music
Standing in the see watching waves and ebb and flow of water
Seeing a train move when mines stationary
Big open spaces where there’s too much unfilled blankness e.g top of a hill
Looking up at something.not sure if thus is visual or to do with head movement. Probably both.

I’ve also noticed when I feel visually overstimulated, I catch myself closing one eye, an involuntary response I think which reduces stereo input. For eg when I look up into a high cupboard, I always find I’ve one eye shut. Bizarre. My VRT therapist was puzzled by this but I reckon it’s to do with visual accommodation difficulty. Shutting one eye means my brain doesn’t have to reconcile two images. This can’t be good for compensation.