Science Of Sneezing

Why do we close our eyes when we sneeze?

Why do we close our eyes when we sneeze? | Greg Foot | Head Squeeze

Key Facts In This Video

  1. If you sneeze with your eyes open, your eyes will not pop out. 00:26

  2. When you sneeze, you release more than 5,000 droplets of mucus at speeds of up to 160.9 km/h (100 mph). 01:25

  3. Scientists think that our eyelids close when we sneeze to protect our eyes from germs, or as an involuntary muscle response. 01:55

Written by Curiosity Staff July 16, 2014

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