It's not the done thing nowadays to go for a close shave when you get your hair cut, in fact it feels a bit weird, so imagine how bizarre it would be to go to your local barber shop to get your eyeball shaved. Actually, you don't have to imagine it, because you can watch it happening in the video below:
Did you survive that without retching? Me neither. But if you're one of the rare freaks who doesn't actually mind the thought of getting your eyeball shaved - there must be a few of you out there? - then China is where you need to go.
allows to clean the inner eyelid, enabling people to see clearer.
The barber only serves customers over the age of 30. According to People's China Daily - who have a really good slideshow of the whole procedure - that's because younger people generally don't have any dirt in their eyes.
While the actual, real term benefits, of eyeball scraping are unknown and unproven, it is an ancient craft in China. There's an old saying over there that cleaning the eyes renders the beauty in life visible.
According to China News, a 97-year-old customer said that he could see things clearer after the treatment.
Apparently, while he had previously felt there were objects stuck in his eyes that caused him to have sore and dry eyes, he felt comfortable after having his eyeballs 'shaved'.
It's also an absolute bargain: together with a hair wash and face shave, the entire treatment only costs 5 RMB, which is about 57p. That's about the cost of a Mars Bar.
Words: Mischa Pearlman