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Eyeball licking in Japan can lead to infection

June 17, 2013 at 12:18 AM   |   Comments

TOKYO, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Children in Japan who lick eyeballs risk an eye infection, eye experts say.

The eyeballs are very sensitive in order to detect grit and particles, and introducing any object can lead to eye infection, or pink eye, and corneal scratching, which can lead to ulcers and blindness, The Guardian reported.

A teacher in Japan said there was an increase in pink eye, or conjunctivitis, because some children had been licking eyeballs, reported the website Naver Matome.

Because the eyes are sensitive to germs, eye experts suggest people not only to refrain from licking eyes, but to not place any object into the eyes, or from rubbing the eyes with hands.

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