A 21-year-old Chinese woman was left partially blind after playing a video game on her smartphone for 24 hours.
The gaming addict, who wishes to remain anonymous, was reportedly playing the multi-player online game, “Honour of Kings” when she suddenly lost vision from her right eye, as reported by South China Morning Post.
She was taken to the hospital and was diagnosed with Retinal Artery Occlusion (RAO). Such a condition is usually found in the elderly and rarely seen in the young.
As per doctors, in this case, it was caused by eye strain from looking at the screen for too long without a break.
The woman, who works in finance, said she had become so obsessed with the game that she would play it after work and all day at weekends.
“On days when I have no work, I usually get up at 6 a.m., eat breakfast and play until 4 p.m.,” she was quoted as saying.
“Then I’ll eat something, have a nap and play until 1 a.m.,” she added.
“Sometimes I would be so absorbed in the game that I would forget to eat and not listen to my parents when they told me it’s time for dinner.”
As of now, she is still in the hospital as the doctors are trying to save her eyesight.
“Honour of Kings”, a historical battle game, has 200 million registered players in China alone and has been denounced for being too addictive.