As a protective measure for the body. When we sneeze our head commits an action of immense trauma; some sneezes can be 100 mph. This makes it almost like every time we sneeze our head experiences the force of a car accident. There really isn't a lot holding our eyes in. There is no bone or strong muscle, because it simply sits in the eye socket and is held in by nerves and a protective thin muscle. If we were to sneeze with our eyes open, if it was forceful enough, it may go to the extreme of having our eyes fall out, and in the least sense, will cause so much trauma to our eyes and what is holding them in that it would eventually rupture and permanently damage the area and our sight.
Fun to think about.
It is a primitive reflex intended to protect the eyes. It may be for the reason that WindMaestro cites or simply to reduce the exposure of the eyes themselves to the microorganisms and debris ejected during a sneeze.
I don't know why, and I know it is perhaps less than a second that the eyes are closed, but when I am driving at about 70 MPH down a motorway, there is a lot of distance travelled in that one second.
Even driving in a 30 MPH area, I could squidge someone.
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by Damodar Bashyal 6 years ago
Do you try to hold sneeze or let it go?I find so many people trying to hold their sneeze and they struggle for a while until sneeze wins :-) Do you like to hold or let it go? Is it bad to hold? I enjoy letting it go
by Liz Elias 5 years ago
Why does getting the sun or a bright light in your eyes make you sneeze,or stimulate and produce a 'stuck' sneeze?
by cruelkindness 6 years ago
Why do we say bless you when people sneeze?
by Unleashed Freedom 3 years ago
What happens if you sneeze with your eyes open?i've heard that your eye ball's would pop out if you sneezed with your eyes open (which I cant, nor can anyone I have ever known), do you know anyone who has sneezed with his/her eyes open?
by ngureco 5 years ago
Why don’t people sneeze when asleep?
by Peeples 6 years ago
Why does my dog sneeze when excited?For 10 years everytime my dog gets excited she sneezes. I never to think about it when at the vet. anyone know why?
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