ApeFest attendees report ‘extreme pain’ and vision problems after event

Attendees of a Yuga Labs’ ApeFest event on Nov. 4 in Hong Kong have reported burns, damaged vision and “extreme pain” in their eyes, which they attribute to the use of improper lighting.

“Woke up in the middle of the night after ApeFest with so much pain in my eyes that I had to go to the hospital,” wrote one attendee, CryptoJune, in a Nov. 5 X (Twitter) post.

Woke up in the middle of the night after Apefest with so much pain in my eyes that I had to go to the hospital. I’ve seen several tweets about it

Doctor told me it was due to the UV from stage lights. I go to festivals often but have never experienced this

I try to understand…

— Crypto June (@CryptoJune777) November 5, 2023

“Doctor told me it was due to the UV from stage lights,” they added. “I go to festivals often but have never experienced this. I try to understand how it could happen… it seems like the lamps [were] not safe.”

One attendee noted many of those reporting eye problems were those “up close” to the lighting display on the event’s main stage.

A picture of the stage at ApeFest that some attendees reporting eye issues claim they were standing near. Source: X

Another ApeFest guest, who goes by the pseudonym Feld on X, described identical symptoms.

“Anyone else’s eyes burning from last night? Woke up at 3am with extreme pain and ended up in the ER.”

Of the hundreds of ApeFest attendees, at least 15 reports of vision damage have appeared on social media, suggesting the concerns were limited to guests who were in close proximity to the stage lighting.

Posting that in hope that my friends suffering the same issue realise they need medical attention ASAP (read full)

Thanks for great apefest logistiscs guys @yugalabs & @BoredApeYC. Incredible event and met plenty of amazing people.

Still, as dozens of others, I’ve almost lost… pic.twitter.com/emCODEnWmb

— Adrian Zduńczyk, CMT (@crypto_birb) November 5, 2023

Yuga Labs but did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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