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Diatriabe: Oculolinctus aka “Eyeball Licking” Is Causing Pinkeye In Japanese Elementary Schools.


Many years ago I was diagnosed with pinkeye, an inflammation of the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids.  I don’t know how I got it but it was easily recognized and treated with eye drops.  I followed my doctor’s instructions and, while people noticed that something was wrong with my eye, the condition was a relatively painless experience.  Until, that is, I arrived to fulfill my obligation as a volunteer in a coat check area of a local nightclub.  The night club featured several black lights in its décor which, unfortunately, caused the eye drops that I was using to glow a startling neon green.  I quickly realized that, under the black lights, I looked like an extra in a horror film.  But, since I was volunteering to raise money for a good cause, I slipped on a pair of sun glasses and hoped for the best.

Elementary school students in Japan are seeing an outbreak of pinkeye, otherwise known as conjunctivitis, because of a dangerous fetish called oculolinctus, “worming” or “eyeball licking”.  Yes, that’s right, these kids are actually touching their tongues to one another’s eyeballs.  In one classroom of twelve-year-olds, a third of the students confessed to “worming” or being “wormed”!


Apparently, those who enjoy the activity see it as an intimate and erotic act and find it to be exceptionally stimulating.  A level of trust is involved and, I imagine, much of this licking is done on a dare.  The practice has been around since the mid-2000s as evidenced by the hundreds of videos shared by “lickers” and “lickees” on YouTube.

Clearly, there are other possible health concerns related to the practice.

“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.” – Dr. David Granet, San Diego ophthalmologist.


“The bacteria in the mouth is nothing like the bacteria in the eyeball, which is why we no longer recommend people lick contact lenses to moisten them.” – Dr. Phillip Rizzuto, spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


“If the licker has a cold sore, it is possible to spread herpes into the eye as well.” – Dr. David Najafi, La Mesa, California, ophthalmologist.


I received a lot of tips and cash donations during my pinkeye coat checking adventure and was pleased to have helped the cause.  I also had a lot of laughs, some so hard that they brought tears to my eyes which, comically, sent the eye drops rolling down my cheeks.  By the end of the night I had smeared the medicine around my face so much that, under the black lights, I looked like a morbid zombie circus clown.

Have you ever had Pink Eye?  If so, did you know that your medicine might glow under black lights?!


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  1. I actually had one strain that was so contagious that, as the doctor explained it, “if you get on an elevator on one floor and off on the next, the people who get on after you can get infected.” It was relatively painless for me but I had to stay secluded for several days until the drops took affect.

    Do they really call this a fetish? With grade kids? Aren’t fetishes sexual? I could see calling this a fad or maybe even an obsession but a fetish? Maybe it was just a bad translation.


  2. Now that is definitely a new chapter in erotica. Seems like there is no “sexual” activity that doesn’t come with its risks.


  3. I had to read your lead paragraph twice. Yikes. I think I will pass.


  4. I’ve had pink eye a few times but didn’t know the eye drops glowed in the dark. The funniest thing that happened to me was having to answer the door late one night because my first hubby lost his key. When he left for his gig in the afternoon I had a small infection in one eye. By the time he got home at 2 a.m. the pink eye was in both eyes which were glued shut & oozing slime. He screamed when I opened the door!


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