While most of you were celebrating the country’s independence on October 1st, a chinese woman was loosing her sight. The Chinese woman, who goes by the pseudonym Wu Xiaojing, became partially blind after she played the game called Honour of Kings on her phone for almost a day.
Wu, who works in finance, was said to have been playing the game for several hours when she suddenly lost her sight in her right eye.
Wu admitted to regularly playing the game for up to eight hours without eating, drinking or going to the toilet.
“If I don’t work, I usually get up around 6am, have breakfast, then play until 4pm,” she told Chinese state media outlet The Global Times.
“I would eat something, take a nap, wake up and continue playing until 1 or 2am. My parents had warned me that I might go blind.”
According to Wu, she had spent the whole of Oct. 1, a public holiday, playing the game. It was only after dinner that she lost her sight and was brought to the hospital.
She was taken to several hospitals and was diagnosed with Retinal Artery Occlusion (RAO) in her right eye.
RAO is usually more common in elderly patients, and can result in permanent loss of vision. It occurs when there is a blockage in one of the arteries that carry blood to the retina.
According to a specialist from the Nancheng hospital where Wu was diagnosed, it was “likely that she had suffered from RAO after playing “excessively” on her phone.
However, a medical director of an eye clinic in London, Dr David Allamby, told news outlet the Daily Mail that there was a “slim” chance that Wu developed RAO from playing on her mobile.
“You don’t get RAO from video-related severe eye strain as is suggested here — it’s most commonly evidence of some form of cardiovascular disease,” he said.
“The only potential link — and it’s slim — is that sometimes migraines can be a rare cause of RAO.”
Honour of Kings is one of China’s most popular smartphone games, and has some 200 million users.
The company behind the game, Tencent, had previously had to restrict kids under the age of 12 to just one hour of game time per day, in order to prevent addiction.
Although we are not sure what triggered her RAO, the moral of this article is the same thing your momma has been telling you for along time, ‘Stop being on your phone every damn time!’