04/18/2013 01:58 pm ET Updated 4 days ago

Eyeball Shaving: Liu Deyuan Uses Knife To Clean Eyes In China


Maybe the Clear Eyes guy can be this man's pupil.

Liu Deyan, 53, deftly washes his customers' eyes -- with a knife.

For seven years, he's run an eye-cleaning stand in Chengdu, China, according to

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The process, taking about five minutes, involves pulling the eyelid back, cleansing the eyeball and then shaving and scraping its surface, Chengdu Business Daily reported.

To Americans, the whole ordeal may seem horrifying, but in China, it used to be the norm. Today, though, Deyan is one of the few that still practices the trade.

According to Chengdu Business Daily, doctors warn that eyeball shaving was abandoned because it risks cross-infection.

That would be the least of our worries.