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Japanese eyeball-licking fad was inspired by music video

The Japanese eyeball-licking trend was inspired by a music video from Japanese emo band Born, reports the Guardian. Eyeball licking, despite its health risks, has become a new way of expressing affection or love in Japan.

Physicians are very concerned about this strange craze. Dr. Robert Glatter, a physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, told CBSNews.com that spreading bacteria from the mouth to the eye via eyeball licking could have serious consequences for a person’s ocular health.

In addition to the risk of conjunctivitis, there is a major risk of getting a virus if the person who licks your eyeball has herpes. Dr. David Granet, an ophthalmologist, told The Huffington Post that ridges on the tongue can also cause a corneal abrasion. Not to mention the fact that it would be nearly impossible to deal with the leftovers of someone’s spicy taco dinner if they somehow made their way into your eye.

Eyeball licking has many names, including “worming.” Though the new fad is certainly unusual, is it really that popular? According to Japanese blog Naver Matome, one teacher said that he encountered several students participating in the trend in an equipment room. After conducting an independent survey of students at his school, he discovered that 33 percent of the kids reported participating in the eyeball-licking fad.

Of course, there’s always a reason that people do something and with this particular trend it seems that people like the feeling of having someone lick their eyeball. Dr. Robert Noecker, an ophthalmologist in Connecticut, told Medical Daily that the “cornea is the most innervated part of the body,” which is probably why so many students enjoy the feeling of having their eyeball licked.

Though the trend started in Japan, it appears to have caught the eye of few outside of the island nation too. One eyeball-licking participant in the U.S. Virgin Island told The HuffPost that she asks guys to lick her eyeballs because it “makes [her] feel all tingly.”

The Guardian cites several other unusual Japanese trends that are worth mentioning, including bagelheading in which saline is injected into your forehead until it looks like a water balloon is sitting underneath the skin.

Have you ever licked someone’s eyeball (on purpose)? Will eyeball licking grow in popularity in the United States or will this trend be primarily limited to Japan because it was inspired by a Japanese emo band? Can you think of a stranger trend than eyeball licking? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

For other videos of what this loos like, just search for “eyeball licking” on YouTube.

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