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Young Girl Went Blind In One Eye After Playing Cellphone Game For Hours Non-Stop

Remember when we were kids and our parents would always tell us:

“Don’t watch TV/play computer for so long, it’s bad for your eyes”

Often, we would ignore their advice and continue indulging in our favourite pastimes. Well, our parents only want the best for us and we should always listen to their advice.

Unfortunately, this girl in Dongguan, China didn’t listen to her parents’ advice either and she is currently suffering vision loss in her right eye.

 

 

According to source, the 21-year-old girl known as Wu had taken advantage of China’s Golden Week Holiday to stay at home and rest.

Though her friends had invited her out, she decided not to go because of the notorious traffic jams in China during this period.

She was also a big fan of the hit Chinese mobile game, “王者荣耀” (King of Glory) and wanted to stay home to play the game. Wu said that after her dinner at 7 PM, she started to play non-stop until suddenly, her right eye could not see anything.

 

 

Thinking that all she needed was a little bit of rest, she went to sleep but the next day, her eye condition was still the same.

Panicked, her parents brought her to the hospital where the doctors apparently diagnosed her with retinal artery occlusion. They said that this disease usually occurs in elderly patients and very rarely with patients as young as Wu.

However, they said her eyes were incredibly fatigued by the stress she has put them in as she was addicted to the game and would play for hours non-stop.

 

 

Retinal artery occlusion is a sudden blurriness of vision that is most often seen in older adults. It’s caused by a blockage in one of the small arteries in the retina, kind of like a stroke. While the blockage could be caused by staring at a tiny screen and not getting up for hours, as Wu did, there could also be an underlying medical issue.

 

Wu said that once she finished work, she would start playing without break for seven or eight hours straight and not do anything else. She said:

“During my days off, I would wake up at 6am, eat breakfast and start playing until around 4pm.”

“I would stop and eat something before taking a short nap and continue playing until 1am or 2am. Sometimes, I would even be too lazy to stop and eat.”

Currently, she is still in the hospital as the doctors are trying to save her vision while she feels regretful that she didn’t listen to her parents’ advice.

 

The doctors also gave a friendly reminder, saying that we shouldn’t stare at the screen for too long and that taking a break every once in a while is crucial because in the long run, too much screen-time is not good for our eyes.

 

 

Honor of Kings, also known of King of Glory or Arena of Valor is known to be a highly addictive game. It has more than 200 million active monthly players and one of the top grossing games worldwide.

In July 2017, the game’s publisher, Tencent, released guidelines restricting the use of the game for minors under 18, attempting to curb the addition. Players under 12 are restricted to 1 hour per day, players 12-18 are restricted to two hours.

 

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SOURCE: Channel News Asia

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