Will my eyes pop out if I don't close them when I sneeze? © Getty Images

Will my eyes pop out if I don’t close them when I sneeze?

Luckily, it's very difficult for you to create the pressure needed to pop your eyeballs out of their sockets, especially just through sneezing.

Asked by: Mabel Bathrope, Hyth


No, for a whole variety of reasons, including the fact that the air spaces in the nose and throat involved in sneezing aren’t directly connected to anything behind the eye. That means they can’t create the pressure to push your eyeballs forward.


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