There is no doubt that video games can be extremely fun and addictive. Getting the top score, unlocking next stage and secret rewards, video games can certainly get anyone’s eyes locked on their smartphone’s screen for hours. However, it can also leave you blind!
Unfortunately, a woman from China learned it the hard way when she was diagnosed with partial blindness after playing a popular Chinese mobile game, ‘King of Glory’ non-stop for hours.
Wu, 21, is an avid fan of the mobile game and she only takes a break from playing the game to eat and sleep
She said that after she had her dinner at 7 pm, she began playing the game non-stop until suddenly her right could not see anything.
Thinking that she just needed to rest for a while, Wu then went to sleep. However, her right eye remained in the same condition the next day.
Panicked, Wu quickly told her parents who then brought her to the hospital where the doctor diagnosed her with retinal artery obstruction
The doctor said that this disease only usually occurs in elderly people and it is rare for young people like Wu to be diagnosed with the condition.
Apparently, her eyes were incredibly fatigued by the stress and overexposure of light from smartphone’s screen
According to Wu, she would play the game for seven or eight hours straight without break
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.”
Wu is currently still hospitalised as the doctors are trying their best to save her vision.
She feels regretful that she chose to compromise her eyes for the sake of the game
Following the incident, the doctors advised others to take a break from the screen once in a while and to not stare at the screen for too long as it will damage the eyes in the long run.