Chinese Barber Xiong Gaowu Practices Eyeball Shaving Using A Sharp Razor (Video)
It seems that hair cut is not just what barbers can offer. Meet Chinese Barber, Xiong Gaowu who has mastered the art of shaving eyeballs. Yes, you read it right! No, he won’t take off your eyeballs, Gaouwu knows an ancient technique of cleaning the filth from eyes and does it with utter precision. The process involves scraping inside of people’s eyelids to remove filth or anything that is clouding vision. The 62-year-old uses a sharp razor on the eyeballs and scrapes off any residue that might be there in your eye. Xiong also pays utmost attention to hygiene and rinses the blade before using it on another customer. Gaowu is a resident of Chinese city Chengdu.
He says that this treatment helps people to see better if they are 30 years old or older. Apparently, those under 30 don’t have any unwanted stuff in eyes. According to Shanghaiist, though the business looks terrifying, he has never injured anyone in his 40 years of eyeball shaving. In the 20th century, hospitals used eyeball shaving a way to treat trachoma. According to the World Health Association, it is a bacterial condition which is the most common infectious cause of blindness in the world.
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According to HuffPost, Qu Chao, deputy director of the ophthalmology department at the Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital, explains that eyeball shaving is dangerous and has been phased out as other treatments have become available. These days the risk of trachoma can be reduced by maintaining good hygiene standards and can also be cured with antibiotics.