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.
As judicial punishment
In popular culture
- In God of War III, Kratos gouges out the eyes of the sea god Poseidon as he brutally beats him to death.
- 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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- "Iranian to be blinded with acid for doing same to woman - CNN.com". CNN. December 14, 2008. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/12/14/iran.acid.justice/index.html. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
- United States Marine Corps (1999). USMC MCRP 3-02B Close Combat. Department of the Navy. ISBN 1-58160-073-9.
- Zorbas, Vagelis. Kino Mutai: The Art of Biting and Eye Gouging. www.fullcombat.com. URL last accessed January 7, 2006.