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‘Bored Ape NFT’ convention allegedly causes attendees ‘severe eye burn’

The Bored Ape NFT event has caused trouble with attendees as it was believed that they were unprotected from being exposed to UV lights during the Ape Fest 2023.

Some of the event goers have expressed that they experienced eye pain, vision problems, and sunburnt skin last November 5 after attending the ApeFest, a Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection event in Hong Kong that was held from November 3 to 5.

The attendees took to social media to share their experience after seeking medical attention with one person stating that they had been diagnosed with Photokeratitis. This is most commonly known as “welder’s eye” and is a condition caused by unprotected exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

Another user stated that the issue was a result of UV from the stage lights, jumping into a conclusion that the injuries were caused by improper lighting used during the event.

Yuga Labs, the blockchain company behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT project, stated that they were aware of the situation and are taking these reports seriously. “We are actively racing out and in touch with those affected to better understand the root cause, “ as said by Yuga Labs spokesperson Emily Kitts. “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.”

The company has released an updated statement regarding this scenario last November 6 via X (formerly Twitter).

Their statement read, “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 cause. Based on our estimates, we believe that much less than 1% of those attending and working the event had these symptoms.”

They ended their statement encouraging everyone who attended feeling these symptoms to seek medical attention and wrote, “While nearly everyone has indicated their symptoms have improved, we encourage anybody who feels them to seek medical attention just in case.”


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