Doctors Warn Eyeball Licking Trend Can Cause Damage

The new trend among Japanese teenagers called oculolinctus, also known as “eyeball licking,” or “worming,” has doctors worried.

As this trend has started showing up all over the internet, doctors are warning everyone that this behavior could lead to eye injuries and even damaged sight.

With all the germs that are floating around everywhere, and with stories such as a parasite ate away at a woman’s eye, it can be really hard to understand why this trend is growing as fast as it is.

According to ABC News:

“The practice, in which teens show affection by licking their partner’s eyeballs, may have started with a scene in a music video released last year from the Japanese band Born, which features a dramatic slow-motion scene of oculolinctus.”

Dr. Robert Cykiert, an associate professor in the department of ophthalmology at the New York University Langone Medical Center, told ABC News that “the surface of a healthy eye is normal mostly sterile, while the mouth is filled with bacteria and food particles.”

“When you get licked on the eye, you’re transferring dangerous bacteria to the eye,” said Cykiert. “It’s a very dangerous trend, to say the least.”

Cykiert goes on to say that transferring bacteria to the eye leaves people with a higher risk of contracting diseases such as conjunctivitis or, “more seriously, a corneal ulcer.”

“[People] may have scarring of the cornea that can be permanent depending on the bacteria in germs … it may cause a perforation or hole to develop,” said Cykiert.

While there have been first hand witnesses of “eyeball licking,” Cykiert has said that he hasn’t personally seen any evidence of the activity in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen.

Teens here in the U.S. could be trying this new trend while in any place that could provide them some privacy.

Cykiert does hope that teens in the U.S. keep with the trends of “hand holding and kissing, stuff that’s been around for millions of years.”

With the growing trend of “eyeball licking” continuing on, doctors will keep on warning of all the possible dangers that the action holds.

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