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Eye-gouging using the thumb

Eye-gouging is the act of pressing or tearing the eye using the fingers, other bodyparts, or instruments. Eye-gouging involves a very high risk of eye injury, such as permanent eye loss. It is disallowed in combat sports, but some self-defense systems teach it. Training in eye-gouging can involve extensive grappling training to establish control, the eye-gouging itself being practiced with the opponent wearing eye protection such as swimming goggles.

Yuki Nakai went on to win a bout in the Vale Tudo Japan 1995 tournament after his opponent performed an illegal gouge that blinded him in that eye.[1]

As judicial punishment

According to Human Rights Watch, Iran and Saudi Arabia are the only countries that consider eye-gouging to be a legitimate judicial punishment.[2]

In popular culture

  • In the manga Battle Royale, the antagonist Kiriyama is shown to have ripped his teacher's eye out when he became curious about what color the fluid surrounding the eye was.
  • The film 28 Days Later, an eye gouging is performed on a corrupt soldier after the infection reached the military grounds a group of survivors was residing in.
  • In the film 28 Weeks Later, an eye gouging is performed by an infected man on his wife whilst he is attacking her.
  • In the film See No Evil, the character Jacob Goodnight often gouges eyes of his victims and stores them in jars.
  • In the 2006 remake of Black Christmas, there are many eye gougings as deaths in the film.
  • In Shakespeare's King Lear, the character Gloucester has his eyes gouged out.

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