Democrats’ presidential candidate Hillary Clinton drew hyped media attention when she fainted as she was leaving the 9/11 memorial service Sunday. But apart from the fainting incident itself, one thing stood out and grabbed the attention of many people: the sunglasses Clinton was wearing during this medical episode.
This entire hullabaloo, coupled with the party’s refusal to issue a total disclosure of Clinton’s medical report, has fueled speculations about her frail health condition. Clinton’s physician has since revealed that the former Secretary of State had pneumonia that led to this entire drama.
But could the speculations be true that the sunglasses that Clinton was seen wearing were the same sunglasses that people with epileptic seizures use?
Zeiss Z1 Blue Lenses
Rumors spread like a wildfire that what Clinton was wearing as actually the Zeiss Z1 blue lenses, the same prescription lenses that people with serious epilepsy wear to counter the adverse symptoms associated with the condition, especially in treating photosensitive epilepsy.
According to a 2006-study published in the medical journal Epilepsia, the official journal of the International League Against Epilepsy, the use of the special sunglasses has helped address symptoms associated with the photosensitive epilepsy in 75.9 percent or 463 of the 781 research participants.
But physician Ethan Weiss, who also writes for the Forbes, said there’s nothing really serious in the Sunday incident where Clinton was seen and videotaped fainting after contracting pneumonia. What she saw, according to her article, was just a case of syncope or a temporary loss of consciousness following a fall of blood pressure.
“Over the 20 years I have been a physician, I have probably seen well over 1,000 cases of syncope. Estimates suggest that over 40% of adults living to at least age 70 will experience at least one episode of syncope. It is one of the most common reasons for admissions to emergency departments and also a common reason for admission to the hospital,” Weiss wrote.
Weiss added that rarely does neurologic condition, as what many conspiracy theorists have been claiming, cause syncope. She added that in most cases, it is caused by cardiovascular conditions.