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In 2013, oculolinctus reportedly became popular among teenagers in Japan, causing a significant rise in eye infections. According to a retracted article by The Guardian, eyeball-licking was "seen as a new second-base; the thing you graduate to when kissing gets boring", possibly due to it being featured in a music video by the Japanese band Born. Further reports, e.g. in an article by the Huffington Post later corrected as a possible hoax, showed an increase in Japanese schoolchildren wearing eyepatches due to eye infections arising from the act, with one school finding one third of 12-year-old students admitting to engaging in oculolinctus. There are also accounts of this practice in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The practice is associated with significant health risks, as tongues are coated with a film of microorganisms and saliva has enzymes that can break down. These microorganisms may cause infections in the eye such as conjunctivitis, herpes, chlamydia, corneal abrasions and corneal ulcers. Oral bacteria on the tongue can potentially enter corneal scratches caused by licking the eye, which then lead to infection. 041b061a72