It’s another strange trend that is popping up recently in Japan, that of licking another person’s eyeballs. Also known as “worming”, it is considered an intimate act among friends and closer-than-friends. Unfortunately for the lickers, it seems that this little trend is creating some unwanted side effects in the form of eye infections.
The trend appears to be most prevalent among school-children and teens. Apparently it is an older trend that has seen some play earlier in the 2000s and has now been revitalized by its appearance in a popular music video. Why do people choose to lay tongue on eyeball? Well, supposedly it feels great. Some have even gone so far as to claim that eyeball licking is sexually arousing to them.
As it caught on and began to gain popularity, however, teachers at schools began to notice things. In particular, they began to notice a rise in the number of kids wearing eye patches due to infections. Yes, your tongue has some nasty stuff on it and the eye doesn’t have the best ability to fight these germs off. Whoops.
Doctors in Japan have been warning kids off of the eyeball licking craze by stating that it can cause pink eye, lead to abscesses on eyeballs, can scratch the eye’s lens and that it even has the potential to cause blindness. The cases of infections seem to support this claim, so maybe they’re not just trying to spoil a bit of good-natured teenage rebellion. The result - medical folks and teachers are telling kids to cut it out already.
Personally, I don’t think I would want someone’s tongue lingering on my eye. Of course, I’ve never tried it so I don’t know for sure, right? Who knows, it could be better than a back rub for all I know. Likely, I will remain in the dark on this particular subject indefinitely. No one is getting their tongue that close to my eye, thank you very much.