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Attendees suffer eye pain & vision problems after attending ApeFest in Hong Kong

Organisers Bored Ape Yacht Club are “proactively reaching out to individuals” in an attempt to find the potential root causes

  • Words: Amira Waworuntu | Image: Bored Ape Yacht Club
  • 8 November 2023
Attendees suffer eye pain & vision problems after attending ApeFest in Hong Kong

NFT group Bored Ape Yacht Club held their three-day event, ApeFest, on November 3-5 with an estimated attendance of 2,500 people.

Following the event, more than 20 attendees have reported intense eye pain, vision problems and skin burns, potentially from the UV light used.

Several of them also took to social media, sharing how they sought medical attention due to their condition.

Cryptocurrency analyst Adrian Zdunczyk who was also in attendance shared on X (fka Twitter) how he was diagnosed with “photokeratitis over both eyes, accident related” after a trip to the eye clinic.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, photokeratitis is a painful eye condition caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, whether from the sun or artificial sources.

X user @CryptoJune777 also shared that after consulting with a doctor, the eye pain was said to be caused by the UV lighting of the stage, which has a similar effect as sunlight.

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A representative from Yuga Labs, the parent company of Bored Ape Yacht Club, spoke with Hong Kong Free Press on Tuesday, November 7, saying “We are distressed by these reports, as nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community, many of whom we spent significant facetime with over the weekend.”

Bored Ape Yacht Club issued a statement saying they’re reaching out to individuals in order to try and find the potential root causes.

The post also mentions how the symptoms of the eye-related issues were experienced by “much less than 1%” of those who attended and worked at the event.

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Several Netizens replied to the post, showing discontent towards the organiser’s response.

Via: The New York Times & Hong Kong Free Press

Amira Waworuntu is Mixmag Asia’s Managing Editor, follow her on Instagram.

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