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Troy Bedinghaus, O.D.

"Vodka Eyeballing"

By June 4, 2010

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology strongly advises the public not to engage in "vodka eyeballing."

A dangerous drinking game called "vodka eyeballing" is attracting public attention on YouTube. People need to be aware that anyone who pours vodka directly into his eye risks damaging the surface epithelial cells-often causing pain and infection.

More seriously, "eyeballing" can also lead to permanent vision damage by killing endothelial cells in deeper layers of the eye's cornea. This is unlikely, but possible.

"Eyeballers" do not even get a "quick high" as claimed, because the volume of vodka absorbed by the conjunctiva and cornea is too small to have that effect.

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology

January 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm
(1) Kenna says:

This is really a sick activity. I can’t believe that these kids are smart enough to get into college, but stupid enough to put alcohol in their eyes. This is a link to a video I found. I think every parent should make their child watch this and then show them pictures of what their eyes will look like after. http://foodiegossip.blogspot.com/2011/01/heres-vodka-in-your-eye.html

Maybe kids should be required to wear plastic wrap over their eyes for 1 week so they can have a taste of blindness.

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