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Eyeball Licking Trend in Japan is Causing Spike in Pink Eye

Eyeball Licking

An Eyeball licking trend that is being practiced in Japan has put a spike in pink eye and styes, which are typically caused by mild bacterial infections.

The trend is exactly what it sounds like: One person spreads their eyelids wide, inviting the other person to lick their eyeball.

Apparently, the act of licking someone else’s eyeball is considered the next step after French kissing.

The practice is also known as “worming” or “oculolinctus” and has led to more pink eye or also known as conjunctivitis, cases in Japanese elementary and middle schools.

“My boyfriend started licking my eyeballs years ago and I just loved it,” a a 29-year-old environmental science student from the U.S. Virgin Islands told The Huffington Post. “I’m not with him anymore, but I still like to ask guys to lick my eyeballs. I just love it because it turns me on, like sucking on my toes. It makes me feel all tingly.”

Eyeball licking can actually cause blindness, according to Dr. Phillip Rizzuto, a spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “The bacteria in the mouth is nothing like the bacteria in the eyeball, which is why we no longer recommend people lick contact lenses to moisten them,” he says.

Any fluids, even if it comes from one’s own body, even saliva, can change the eye acidity or introduce harmful foreign substances.

Also, if the person doing the eyeball licking has the herpes virus, that can be passed on as well.

Dr. Robert Noecker, an ophthalmologist practicing in Connecticut, warns that there are more consequences than just pink eye. “You’re potentially traumatizing the eye,” he explained. “You can knock cells off and easily scratch the cornea, which can lead to a corneal ulcer that can be blinding.”

“There’s got to be better ways to do things,” Dr. Noecker tells Medical Daily. “I would recommend that people find another outlet that won’t compromise their vision in the long term.”

‘Eyeball licking’ trend in Japan is spreading pink eye

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