Since you sneezed before you understood what a nose was, you know that your eyes snap automatically before you can satisfy yourself after sneezing. But … can you sneeze with your eyes open? Or is the rumor true that a terrible fate falls into your eyes when you try? We asked the experts for answers.
We sneezed here. 19659003] Typically, you tend to banish this sudden, powerful germ-filled air from your nose and mouth when something is irritating the mucous membranes ( moist tissue that parts of your body ) of the nose or neck.
"The body basically tries to blow out this substance," says Dr. med. William Reisacher, otorhinolaryngologist and director of Allergy Services at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, tells SELF.
A number of things can trigger a sneeze, but some of the major causers ] contain a allergy to something you can inhale, such as pollen mold, dander, or Dust with cold or flu and irritants such as air pollution, according to the US National Library of Medicine .
Where do your eyes come from?
Experts do not know why people close their eyes while sneezing. However, they have some theories.
One is that you close your eyes when you sneeze to protect those sensitive organs from the particles and microorganisms that burst from your mouth and nose, Kelsy Steele, OD Clinical Instructor at the College of Optometry of the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State Univesity, says SELF. Theoretically, this gunk could fall into your eyes and cause anything from irritation to a infection . Therefore, it is believed that closing the eyes when sneezing "could be an adaptive protective mechanism," says Dr. Steele. If that's true, your body deserves a hearty pat on the back.
Another theory says that the occlusive part of sneezing is simply due to a series of involuntary muscle contractions, Dr. Reisacher. Muscles in your face squeeze when you sneeze, he explains. (That's the unusual facial expressions that are part of this biological process.) "Some of these muscles surround your eyes, so your eyes close when they contract," Reisacher says.
Unfortunately not something that has been extensively researched. It's hard to know why people close their eyes when they sneeze, but these are the best guesses from experts.
Can you [sneeze] with your eyes open?
It may be possible to keep your eyes open when you sneeze, but doctors do not suggest that you try this. If you really close your eyes, is a protective mechanism that helps to avoid diseases or infections, then you do not want to go against the instincts of the body.
Contrary to what one has heard and tries to sneeze your eyes do not open, that your eyeballs jump out of their eye sockets. However, technically, there is an (almost negligible) chance that you could try this and experience a condition called globe subluxation . This means that your eyeballs protrude temporarily and painfully forward than they should, essentially like an eyeball dislocation.
The subluxation of the globe can be triggered by trauma, eyelid manipulation or, theoretically, something like compulsion (19459004). Eyes open during an extremely heavy sneeze, says dr. Steele. But, as she explains, the subluxation of globes due to a cause is an incredibly rare phenomenon, whether people sneeze with their eyes open. There are no solid figures on how often this health problem occurs, but most of the research published relates to case studies and not to any kind of large-scale prevalence. This indicates that the subluxation of the globe is more of a bony health that you should know about than something that you need to worry about in everyday life.
Suppose you are a true daredevil. You can try to fight that reflex, if you really want to, Dr. Steele, and you can be fine. According to the experts, the impulse to close your eyes when sneezing is strong as hell. You might think that you resisted, but your sneaky body can force you to blink so fast that you miss it.