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ApeFest Attendees Report Severe Eye Burn Caused by UV Light Exposure

BY Lorepunk

November 06, 2023

Several people who attended the ApeFest concert in Hong Kong on Saturday night, Nov. 4, report having suffered pain and burning sensations in their eyes, with some having to go to the hospital to seek emergency treatment.

“Anyone else’s eyes burning from last night? Woke up at 3 a.m. with extreme pain and ended up in the ER.” Attendee mrbayc.eth said on X on Nov 5.

“I saw a couple of reports, but just trying to figure out if there was a common thread,” he said. Later on Sunday, he updated. “It’s miles better than earlier but still very much not back to normal.”

“The thing is I was in the clubhouse most of the time, so I’m just curious what the common link is between us all,” he continued.

Speculation as to the source of the reported eye damage tended to focus on the stage lighting at the event. “I woke up at 04:00 and couldn’t see anymore,” said CryptoJune777. Had so much pain, and my whole skin was burned. Needed to go to the hospital.”

Analyst Adrian Zduńicyk, posted as crypto_birb, that he attended the hospital and says he was diagnosed with photokeratitis, which is caused by unprotected exposure to UV radiation; he was prescribed steroid eye drops and, while he suffered a great deal of pain, doctors told him he has not suffered any lasting damage.

As community members continued to discuss the incident, CryptoFinally recalled that a 2017 event organized by Hypebeast in Hong Kong had resulted in similar injury reports, with event planners determining that the culprit was disinfectant-grade UV lighting erroneously used in place of safety-rated lighting.

On Monday, Nov. 6, Yuga Labs made a statement about the incident on the Bored Ape Yacht Club’s X account, encouraging those affected to seek medical attention. “Apes, we are aware of the eye-related issues that affected some of the attendees of ApeFest and have been proactively reaching out to individuals since yesterday to try and find the potential root causes. Based on our estimates, we believe that much less than 1% of those attending and working the event had these symptoms. 

“We are aware of the situation and are taking it seriously. We are actively reaching out to and are in touch with those affected. We’re also pursuing multiple investigative lines of inquiry to learn the true root cause. Based on our estimates, the 15 people we’ve been in direct communication with so far represent less than one percent of the approximately 2,250 event attendees and staff at our Saturday night event. We are not in a position to confirm the cause or speculate on how we’ll avoid it in the future until the investigation is complete.” Emily Kitts, director of Public Relations told nft now.

“While nearly everyone has indicated their symptoms have improved, we encourage anybody who feels them to seek medical attention just in case,” they posted.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated his article has been updated as of Nov. 6, 2023, to ensure that the information provided is current and accurate.

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