There's nothing worse than that feeling like there's something in your eye. Is it a speck of dust? A problem with a contact lens, a wayward eyelash? Whatever it is, it doesn't feel good. So, it's time to make a choice. You could carefully wash your face and hands and apply some eyedrops, or you could do the much more reasonable thing and go to a barber to get your eyeball shaved with a razor like a person with common sense. Don't believe us? Check out these photos of some very satisfied customers.
Get your passport. So, if you're interested in getting your eyeball shaved for whatever masochistic reason, you'll need to head over to Chengdu, China to see Xiong Gaowu. He's a barber and eyeball shaver extraordinaire.
Tools of the trade. These are the tools Gaowu uses to scrape the surface of the eyelid. According to Gaowu, in order to truly see the beauty of the world, you have to cleanse your eyes.
The procedure. Eyeball shaving takes about five minutes. Gaowu then rinses the eyes out, and the customer is good to go.
Satisfied customer. According to this guy, eyeball shaving actually works. We're going to take his word for it.
40 years of eyeball shaving. Gaowu is 62 years old and has been shaving eyeballs for 40 years. Reportedly, during that time, he hasn't caused any injuries.
Trachoma. Back in the late 19th and early 20th century, eyeball shaving was sometimes done in hospitals to prevent trachoma. Trachoma is a bacterial infection that can lead to blindness.
Safer methods. According to experts, there are much safer methods of preventing and treating trachoma, such as using antibiotics. However, some patrons refuse to try anything else, and believe in the power of eyeball shaving.
Stimulating the eyes. It's believed that the eyes become stimulated when shaved, which increases the moisture of the surface and the efficiency of the tear ducts. Of course, this is hearsay and word of mouth, and there doesn't appear to be much scientific data to back it up.