Eyeball licking: the new craze for Japanese kids

Eye close-up. Photo: Getty Images

A disturbing trend has emerged among young Japanese schoolchildren: eyeball licking.

No, this is not some euphemism for a more benign act, it is exactly what it sounds like.

One person holds their eyelid open, the other licks the surface of their eye. Their actual eye!

It is considered by participants, some as young as 12, to be the next ‘base’ after French kissing. Whatever happened to a coy glance from across the school-disco dance floor?

Teachers say that the practice - known as 'worming' or 'oculolinctus' - has caused a wave of eye infections. Gawker reports that this explains a recent rise in the number of children coming to school wearing eye patches.