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Japanese Eyeball Licking Trend Has Major Health Implications

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 4:55:54 PM by healtheo360

A bizarre expression of affection in Japan, known as oculolinctus, is resulting a massive rise in eye infections on a national scale.  So what exactly is oculolinctus? Eyeball licking! Yes, seriously.

Japanese website Naver Matome, began reporting on the ocilolinctus trend  when a school observed large numbers of children coming into class with eye-patches. According to Naver Matome’s research, over one third of the 12-year-old children at the school in question had participated in acts of oculolinctus.

According to The Guardian, ABC and The Huffington Post, the trend seems to have been inspired by a strange Japanese music video. Oculolinctus has been showing up all over Youtube, twitter, and tumblr in Japan.

During a Huffington Post interview, Dr. David Granet commented  "Nothing good can come of this. There are ridges on the tongue that can cause a corneal abrasion. And if a person hasn't washed out their mouth, they might put acid from citrus products or spices into the eye."

Not to mention the very real risk of exchanging viruses. Herpes, HPV, and plenty of other nasty viruses can be exchanged through eyeball licking. In some cases, the fad is also quite likely to cause blindness.

Fortunately there has been no evidence of eyeball licking in the US.  Young couples are advised to stick with kissing, handholding and to avoid any eye related expressions of affection.

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