Woman blinded after playing smartphone game for hours

Woman blinded after playing smartphone game for hours

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Doctors say a woman's partial blindness was brought on by excessive tiredness after she sought medical help because she had played smartphone games for an entire day and could no longer see out of one eye.

Wu Xiaojing, 21, says she can no longer see from her right eye after a day of gaming on her device from her home in Chang’an city in north-western China’s Shaanxi Province.

The trainee accountant says she stopped gaming for dinner, only to have her eyesight dim then go in her right eye.

She rushed to hospital where doctors diagnosed her with a condition named retinal artery occlusion, a disease that is usually caused by tiredness of the eye.

Wu said playing games on her phone is her "only hobby", with the mobile device taking all of her spare hours after work and at weekends.

The obsessed gamer says at the weekend, she hardly goes anywhere and will instead stay home to play games.

She said a typical day sees her gets up around 6:30am and begins to play the game after having breakfast.

She said she then does not stop until around 4pm when she has a late lunch, then a nap then games once she wakes until 2am in the morning.

Wu remains in hospital under doctor care.

It is not known if her eyesight will return.

A young woman has gone partially blind after playing China’s most popular game on her smartphone all day. The 21-year-old gamer, who goes under the pseudonym Wu Xiaojing, could not stop playing Honor of Kings until she lost the sight in her right eye.
She was rushed to several hospitals in Nancheng and was diagnosed with Retinal Artery Occlusion (RAO) in her right eye, which is common in elderly patients and can result in permanent loss of vision. Her parents had warned her she ‘might go blind’ if she kept on playing Honor of Kings around the clock. She said: ‘If I don’t work, I usually get up around 6am, have breakfast, then play until 4pm. She told 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.’ She had spent the whole of October 1, a Chinese public holiday, playing the game and then lost her sight after dinner.
A specialist from the Nancheng hospital where Wu was diagnosed said ‘it was likely that she had suffered from RAO after playing “excessively” on her phone’. However, Dr David Allamby, medical director of an eye clinic in London, told the Daily Mail the chances of her developing RAO from her mobile were ‘slim’.
More than 200 million people play Honor of Kings on their smartphones and the game’s operators had to restrict children under the age of 12 to one hour a day to stave off addiction. People on Chinese social media site Weibo were not put off the game by Wu’s plight. One said: ‘This is terrible but I still haven’t uninstalled the game.’

source: metro.co.uk

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