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->''"We all understand that eyes are the most vulnerable of our sensory organs, the most vulnerable of our facial accessories, and they are (ick!) ''soft''."''
-->-- '''Creator/StephenKing''', ''Danse Macabre''.
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The eyes are our window to the world. We rely mostly on our sight to tell us about the world -- its wonders, its dangers, and its beauty ([[CaptainObvious unless you're blind]]). At the same time, our eyes are mostly made of water and nerve tissue. Which means that most direct attacks on the eyes, especially with a sharp, pointy object, will destroy them.

Ah. Made you wince, didn't it?

The Eye Scream is when the creator of a work takes advantage of our PrimalFear of having something utterly horrible happen to our eyes, usually involving the invasion of the eye sockets by a foreign body, and [[NightmareFuel plays it up for all its worth]]; all its squishy, bloody, traumatic worth. Academically, this is known as the ''Injury to the Eye Motif''.

An interesting commonality in these examples is that one of the best ways to quickly show a character has [[GoMadFromTheRevelation gone completely]] [[SanitySlippage off the deep end]] is to show them mutilating their own eyes.

Usually accompanied with ReflectiveEyes, so we can get a nice and nasty glimpse of the incoming foreign object. See also GoForTheEye, AHandfulForAnEye, MoeGreeneSpecial, ForcedToWatch, and EyePoke. Likewise, a GroinAttack can invoke the same primal reaction. Compare {{Fingore}}, AgonyOfTheFeet and EarAche. Contrast EyesAreUnbreakable. If the character survives it often results in an EyepatchOfPower.

In RealLife, this will usually kill you unless you can get immediate medical attention, due to blood loss and shock.

[[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] EyedScreen, apart from both being EyeTropes.

!!Subpages of examples:

* EyeScream/{{Advertising}}
* EyeScream/AnimeAndManga
* EyeScream/CardGames
* EyeScream/ComicBooks
* EyeScream/FairyTales
* EyeScream/FanWorks
* EyeScream/{{Film}}
* EyeScream/{{Literature}}
* EyeScream/LiveActionTV
* EyeScream/{{Music}}
* EyeScream/{{Mythology}}
* EyeScream/{{Pinball}}
* EyeScream/TabletopGames
* EyeScream/{{Theater}}
* EyeScream/VideoGames
* EyeScream/WebAnimation
* EyeScream/{{Webcomics}}
* EyeScream/WebOriginal
* EyeScream/WesternAnimation
* EyeScream/RealLife

-> [[{{Pun}} I scream]], you scream, we all scream for Eye Scream and [[{{Pun}} calm ourselves afterwards with ice cream]]!