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What are the potential risks and warnings to patients?

A small number of patients (up to 0.025%) may experience seizures or severe symptoms (e.g., disorientation, nausea or drowsiness) upon viewing the VR experience. Although seizures from flashing lights are more common in children and epileptic patients (who are excluded from this intervention); to minimize this concern further, flashing lights have not been incorporated into the VR experience.

Some patients may find the VR headset uncomfortable to wear or confining, specifically those prone to motion sickness, claustrophobia, or light sensitivity. These patients can still try the intervention, but should discontinue use if they start to become uncomfortable. Be sure to remind younger patients that they can remove the headset whenever they would like.

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