Ever heard of doing vodka shots? Â How about vodka eye shots or vodka eyeballing? Â Although many know that doing vodka shots is the drinking ritual of imbibing vodka alcohol from a shot glass, they may not know what a vodka eye shot is or have any inkling of what vodka eyeballing entails. Â But as simplistic as it might sound, vodka eyeballing, or the fad of doing vodka eye shots, literally involves pouring vodka directly onto the eyeball or into one’s eye.
This is the point where the reader’s own eyes narrow and a singular thought manifests itself: Â ”Just why the hell would anyone want to do something as asinine as that?”
Because it is a fad. Â In fact, it is a dare fad.
There are hundreds of vodka eyeballing videos on YouTube. Â The videos depict individuals taking a bottle of vodka (or shot glass) and pouring the liquid into one of their eyes. Â Fox News spoke with a substance abuse expert who noted that those engaging in doing vodka shots usually did not do so to get drunk or to get drunk faster but in answer to a bet or a dare. Â Those doing the vodka eye shots, generally speaking, were already inebriated.
The fad began in the United Kingdom among teens and college students. Â It has yet to catch on in the U. S.
Robert Stutman, president of the Maryland Optometric Association, told Fox News that there is great potential for damaging one’s eyes by engaging in the activity. Â He pointed out that vodka is 40-60 percent alcohol and alcohol can burn and scar the cornea. Â Stutman warns that severe enough scarring could lead to blindness.
Of course, those engaging in vodka eyeballing probably are not aware of the health risks, even though the intense burning sensation they feel when the alcohol hits their eye should send warning signals to the brain. Â They either do not know or are too drunk to care. Â Caring probably comes after they have damaged their eyes or lost their eyesight altogether. Â Hopefully, this is a fad that will remain confined to the relatively few that have already tried vodka eye shots (and videotaped the act), because its value is extremely difficult to see…