Japanese teenagers are confronted with an epidemic of pink eye due to the spread of an unusual form of sexual arousal: eyeballs licking.
The trend gained attention only after it led to the highly contagious eye condition that is usually transmitted through bacterias. Pink eye’s symptoms include redness, swelling, and itching of the eye.
The condition started to draw the authorities’ attention after children to show up at school wearing eye patches on, the international press reports. In the beginning, teachers thought it is just a fashion trend, but soon it turned out that the eye patches were concealing pink eye, contracted by the teenagers after licking each other’s eyeballs.
One-third of elementary school students in one classroom either confessed to eyeball-licking, or having their own eyeballs licked, a sexual fetish known as „oculolinctus”.
„After class one day, I went into the equipment store in the gymnasium to tidy up. The door had been left open, and when I looked inside, a male pupil and a female pupil had their faces close together and were kind of fumbling around. Could it be bullying? I wondered, but when I had a good look, the boy was licking the girl’s eye! Surprised, a shouted “What are you doing? Stop it at once!” and the two of them were so shocked they jumped apart. The girl burst into tears, and the boy just went bright red and was shaken up. At any rate, to try to calm them down I took them to the janitor’s room and listened to their story,” a middle school teacher said.
On questioning, the two teenagers said that eyeball licking is usually what comes next after French kissing.