A number of attendees of Yuga Labs’ ApeFest occasion on Nov. 4 in Hong Kong reported eye-related points, together with burns, broken imaginative and prescient and “excessive ache” of their eyes.
Yuga Labs’ official X account has now addressed the problem, claiming they’re conscious of the studies of potential eye-related points to many attendees and are investigating the trigger behind them.
I simply opened up IG and Jasmine’s eye is swollen.
Some Apes had a watch challenge at ApeFest.
Defend your eyes. Wash your arms.
Watch out on the market. pic.twitter.com/FNHF9hrDeg
— PB Drip (@DripperPb) November 6, 2023
Yuga Labs claimed that lower than 1% of the attendees have skilled eye-related signs, and a lot of the affected attendees are experiencing enchancment of their situations with the passage of time.
Apes, we’re conscious of the eye-related points that affected among the attendees of ApeFest and have been proactively reaching out to people since yesterday to try to discover the potential root causes. Based mostly on our estimates, we consider that a lot lower than 1% of these…
— Bored Ape Yacht Membership (@BoredApeYC) November 6, 2023
The Hong Kong occasion grabbed a lot of the headlines and a focus of Crypto Twitter over the weekend. Many customers got here up with completely different theories behind the attention associated harm with one consumer pointing towards an analogous occasion six years in the past, the place throughout a promotional occasion, third-party contractors put in disinfecting ultraviolet lights as a substitute of stage lights, resulting in comparable eye accidents, burning, blindness, photokeratitis
re: bored apes with eye accidents from apefest
6 years in the past in Hong Kong, hypebeast had a celebration, third get together contractors put in disinfecting UV lights, as a substitute of stage lights, & folks had comparable eye accidents, burning, blindness, photokeratitis
it is potential this occurred pic.twitter.com/ofMUncwya8
— CryptoFinally (@CryptoFinally) November 5, 2023
Others identified that the consequences of the UV lights may final from a few hours to a couple days relying on the publicity.
Many on social media platforms have been essential of the organizers behind the occasion, claiming that they need to have paid extra consideration to primary medical hazards with such a setup, and said:
“I can’t think about paying a lot cash to be part of a “membership” that overlooks primary medical hazards. I’ve a Philipps UV Disinfectant lamp in my house, and also you’re not even imagined to be in the identical room because it when it is on. It actually says within the directions to not take a look at it or be inside shut proximity as it could additionally launch Ozone, which is poisonous/carcinogenic gasoline.”
Many different attendees blasted Yuga Labs for its mishap, claiming that that they had taken out loans to attend the occasion solely to get extra “eye-related medical payments I don’t know the right way to pay.”
I’ve been a loyal group member for over 2 years.
My ape is just not solely the most costly factor I personal, it is likely one of the solely issues I personal.
I had my mother and father give me a mortgage so I may attend ApeFest, and now I’m drowning in eye associated medical payments I don’t know the right way to pay.
— Arnold Bernault (@ahitposter) November 6, 2023