Honor Of Kings: Lady Loses Her Eyesight Playing Game For Days On Smartphone

A lady from China has gone partly blind, after spending a whole day playing a game on her smartphone.

The 21-year-old, who goes under the alias Wu Xiaojing, was a die-hard fan of popular multiplayer smartphone game Honor of Kings.

Wu, who works in finance, was said to have been playing the game for quite a lot of hours when she all of a sudden lost her sight in the right eye.

She was taken to a number of hospitals & was diagnosed with Retinal Artery Occlusion (RAO) in her right eye.

RAO is usually more common in elderly patients & can result in permanent loss of vision.

Users on Chinese social media site Weibo were mostly unsympathetic to Wu's plight.

Severe addiction
Wu admitted to habitually playing the game for up to 8 hours without eating, drinking or going to the toilet.

She told Chinese state media outlet The Global Times: "If I don't work, I usually get up around 6am, have breakfast, then play until 4pm.

"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."

According to Wu, she had spent the whole of October 1, a public holiday, playing the game. It was only after dinner that she lost her sight & was brought to the hospital.

She was diagnosed the following day with RAO — which happens when there is an obstruction in one of the arteries that carry blood to the retina.

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 news outlet the Daily Mail that there’s a "slim" chance that Wu developed RAO from playing on her mobile.

"You don't get RAO from video-related severe eye strain as is suggested here — it's most commonly evidence of some form of cardiovascular disease," he said.

"The only potential link — and it's slim — is that sometimes migraines can be a rare cause of RAO."

Honor of Kings is one of China's most popular smartphone games, & has some 200 million users.

The company behind the game, Tencent, had earlier had to restrict kids under the age of 12 to just one hour of game time a day, in order to prevent addiction.