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 permanent eye injury, such as visual impairment. 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.

In films, characters are sometimes killed after suffering eye damage, although this is unlikely in the real world unless extensive bleeding or brain damage is caused (such as in the film "28 Weeks Later").


* United States Marine Corps (1999). "USMC MCRP 3-02B Close Combat". Department of the Navy. ISBN 1-58160-073-9.
* Zorbas, Vagelis. [http://www.fullcombat.com/Articles/Martial%20Art%20Styles/Kina%20Mutai.html Kino Mutai: The Art of Biting and Eye Gouging] . "www.fullcombat.com". URL last accessed January 7 2006.

In popular culture

*In "28 Days Later", Jim kills Private Mitchell through eye-gouging. In the sequel "28 Weeks Later", Don kills Alice through eye-gouging.

*Two sequences of eye-gouging in the manga "Battle Royale". In Volume 4, Takako Chigusa gouges out one of Kazushi Niida's eyes, as Niida was attempting to rape Chigusa. In Volume 11, Kazuo Kiriyama gouges out a teacher's eye, causing it to pop out.

*In "Black Christmas" it was common for the victim's eyes to be gouged out were they were either saved or eaten. Later in the film Mellisa, Megan and Eve are seen in a bloody Christmas tree that was decorated with their eyeless corpses and the Christmas balls being eyes

External links

* [http://www.straightdope.com/columns/050415.html Can the human eyeball be knocked out of the head?]

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