April 15th, 2013

The eye-popping truth about why we close our eyes when we sneeze

By Logan Lafferty

We all know how a sneeze happens. What we don’t know is why our eyes automatically close when we do it…Optometrist Bert Moritz of the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis., explains that six extra-ocular muscles firmly hold the eye in the socket, making it almost impossible for eyeball subluxing (what a relief!). And though it may feel as if pressure builds in your entire face before you sneeze, it doesn’t increase in your eyes.

 

NBC News by Meghan Holohan

Tags: Bert Moritz, Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health System, NBC News, sneezing

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