Experts Warn Eyeball Licking Trend Can Injure the Eye, Damage Sight | Roland Martin Reports

Experts Warn Eyeball Licking Trend Can Injure the Eye, Damage Sight

Source: Gillian Mohney / ABC News

A new trend among Japanese teenagers called oculolinctus, also known as “eyeball licking,” or “worming,” is currently sweeping across the internet in videos and photos.

The bizarre trend has started popping up on Youtube, Tumblr and Twitter. 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.

But experts are concerned that even if oculolinctius is done sparingly or on a dare, it could have very real consequences. Dr. Robert Cykiert,  an associate professor in the department of ophthalmology at the New York University Langone Medical Center, said 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.”

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