Eyes Cleaned with Ancient Craft
   2013-04-26 10:27:50    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Liu Yuanhui

Barber Liu Deyan cleans a customer's eyes at a park in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan province, April 12, 2013. [Photo: Imagine China]

There is an old saying in Sichuan Province that cleaning the eyes makes the beauty in life visible.

And some people in Chengdu like to clean their eyes, literally. Eye cleaning is an ancient craft in the same vein as ear picking. Unlike the latter, though, eye cleaning has almost died out. But it's not totally gone.

Eye cleaner Liu Deyuan, 53, has operated an eye-cleaning stand in a small park for 7 years. He offers a head and face shave plus an eye cleaning for 5 yuan.

First, Liu uses some water to rinse off the knife that he had just used to shave a customer's head and pulled up a stool. Using his fingers to hold open the customer's eyelids, he scraped the blade back and forth over the eyelid and then the eyeball. Then he took out another tool --- a small rod, which he placed in the customer's eye, sliding it back and forth in the upper eyelid like a windshield wiper. Liu repeated the process on the lower eyelid. When the left eye was done, he did the whole thing again on the right eye. The whole process took about 5 minutes. 

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