Being a hardcore gamer could earn you some trophies, both virtual and real, but sometimes, if you fly too close to the sun, you can get burned. Or partially blind yourself.
This was sadly the case for a 21-year-old woman from Guangdong province who had spent an entire day playing the insanely popular mobile game King of Glory on her phone. After spending hours upon hours at her parent’s house playing the game, she became alarmed that evening when she suddenly couldn’t see out of one eye.
She was taken to the hospital but doctors there couldn’t figure out what exactly was the matter. Four days later, they finally diagnosed her with retinal artery occlusion in her right eye.
The difficulty in diagnosing the woman’s condition was likely because the condition is typically associated with eyesight loss among the elderly. For this woman, however, it was most likely caused by severe eye strain, the product of playing for so long without a single break.
“On days where I have no work, I usually get up at 6am, eat breakfast and play until 4pm,” the South China Morning Post quotes the woman as saying about her gaming habit. “Then I’ll eat something, have a nap and play until 1am.”
The woman added that she wishes she had listened to her parents, who had often tried to warn her against playing the game so much.
King of Glory, also translated as Honor of Kings, is the world’s most popular (and profitable) free-to-download mobile game with more than 200 million monthly players. In recent months, its extremely addictive nature has come under attack from both the Chinese media and military.
In July, the People’s Daily published an article calling King of Glory, a “poison” for China’s youth, causing its maker, internet giant Tencent, to begin limiting daily playing times for its younger users in order to “ensure children’s healthy development.” The following month, the People’s Liberation Army Daily cast the game as a threat to China’s very national security, warning that King of Glory addiction could cause troops to lose focus out on the battlefield.
While some have expressed their skepticism about this story, spending too much time in front of tiny screens can definitely mess with your eyes, as some other recent cases also show. Last year, a Taiwanese woman went temporarily blind after spending too much time playing Pokemon Go and a Nanjing woman nearly lost her eyesight after marathoning through a popular Korean drama.
So, if this is the 900th article you’re reading on the internet today, it might be time to stand up from your computer, go outside and give your eyes a rest.
By Máté Mohos
[Images via Knews]
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