According to a warning that is currently circulating via Facebook, playing mobile phone games for too long can cause the blood vessels in your eyes to burst.
The post features a close-up photograph of a person with severely bloodshot eyes and suggests that the victim sustained the eye injuries after playing the popular game Mobile Legends.
However, the information in the message remains unsubstantiated. There is no evidence to support the claim that the depicted eye injury was caused by too much gaming.
The injury appears to be a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This condition can have a number of causes, including violent coughing or sneezing, vomiting, or straining. However, there are no credible medical reports that suggest that the condition can be caused by simply playing a video game for a prolonged period.
The person in the photograph is fitted with a nasal cannula which is a device used to deliver supplemental oxygen or increased airflow to a patient who needs respiratory help. Therefore, it may well be that the pictured person’s subconjunctival hemorrhage was related to this respiratory distress.
It should be noted that staring at a device screen for prolonged periods can cause a condition called Computer Vision Syndrome. The condition can cause headaches, eye strain, blurred vision, dry eyes, and other symptoms. However, subconjunctival hemorrhage or burst blood vessels in the eyes are not identified as a symptom of Computer Vision Syndrome.
It is probably wise to take regular breaks to rest your eyes when playing mobile or computer games or engaging in any activity that involves staring at a screen for prolonged periods.
However, passing on spurious health warnings such as this will not help anybody.
An example of the post:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!