Woman goes blind after full-day phone gaming session

Henrietta Strickland
October 6, 2017

The 21-year-old woman suddenly lost sight in her right eye after playing the game for the whole day over the weekend while at her parents' house in Dongguan, Guangdong province, according to the South China Morning Post.

The 21-year-old reportedly played Honour of Kings without stopping, but in the evening she found she could not see out of her right eye. Thinking she was just exhausted, she went to bed, but when she woke up the next day, she was still blind in her right eye.

Eventually on Wednesday (October 4) the woman was diagnosed with a retinal artery occlusion at a hospital in the Nanchang district.

A doctor said cases of this condition are usually only seen in elderly people but it was probably caused by severe eye strain.

On October 1, Wu invited some of her friends during a holiday in China to play a mobile online game called "King of Glory", which is developed by Timi Studio Group and published by Tencent Games. She works in finance, so she spent most of her day at the office staring into a computer screen, which only put more pressure on her eyes. Things were even worse on her days off, as pretty much all she did was play on her smartphone and sleep for a few hours.

Typically Wu says she gets up at 6:30am and starts playing straight after breakfast.

"I will take a nap at 4pm, then I'll eat something and carry on till 1am to 2am", she said.

"I always say to myself: "This will be my last round", but I just couldn't stop", she said in the report.

Ms Wu remained in hospital and doctors were still trying to save her vision. When flashing a light in her eyes, Wu still reported seeing nothing with her right eye.

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