Several attendees of Yuga Labs’ ApeFest event on Nov. 4 in Hong Kong reported eye-related issues, including burns, damaged vision and “extreme pain” in their eyes.
Yuga Labs’ official X (formerly Twitter) account has now addressed the issue, claiming it is aware of the reports of potential eye-related issues among attendees and is investigating the cause behind them.
I just opened up IG and Jasmine’s eye is swollen.
Some Apes had an eye issue at ApeFest.
Protect your eyes. Wash your hands.
Be careful out there. pic.twitter.com/FNHF9hrDeg
— PB Drip (@DripperPb) November 6, 2023
Yuga Labs claimed that less than 1% of the attendees have experienced eye-related problems, and most of the affected attendees are experiencing improvement in their conditions with time.
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…
— Bored Ape Yacht Club (@BoredApeYC) November 6, 2023
The Hong Kong event grabbed most of the headlines and attention of the crypto community on X over the weekend. Many users came up with different theories behind the eye injuries, with one pointing to a similar instance six years ago during a promotional event. At the event, third-party contractors installed disinfecting ultraviolet (UV) instead of stage lights, leading to similar eye injuries, burning, blindness and photokeratitis.
re: bored apes with eye injuries from apefest
6 years ago in Hong Kong, hypebeast had a party, 3rd party contractors installed disinfecting UV lights, instead of stage lights, & people had similar eye injuries, burning, blindness, photokeratitis
it’s possible this happened pic.twitter.com/ofMUncwya8
— CryptoFinally (@CryptoFinally) November 5, 2023
Others pointed out that the effects of the UV lights could last from a couple of hours to a few days, depending on the exposure.
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Others were critical of the organizers behind the event, claiming they should have paid more attention to basic medical hazards:
“I can’t imagine paying so much money to be a part of a “club” that overlooks basic medical hazards. I have a Philipps UV Disinfectant lamp in my home, and you’re not even supposed to be in the same room as it when it’s on. It literally says in the instructions to not look at it or be within close proximity as it can also release Ozone, which is toxic/carcinogenic gas.”
Many other attendees blasted Yuga Labs for the mishap, claiming they had taken out loans to attend the event only to get more “eye-related medical bills I don’t know how to pay.”
I have been a loyal community member for over 2 years.
My ape is not only the most expensive thing I own, it is one of the only things I own.
I had my parents give me a loan so I could attend ApeFest, and now I am drowning in eye related medical bills I don’t know how to pay.
— Arnold Bernault (@ahitposter) November 6, 2023
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