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It is unclear, but scientists theorize that sneezing causes the eyes to close due a systemic reflex. This reflex causes muscles throughout the body to contract involuntarily.
A common myth that if you sneeze with your eyes open, your eyeballs will pop out, is not based in fact. It is possible, though difficult to resist the urge to close your eyes when you sneeze.

Sneezing With Your Eyes Open | MythBusters | Discovery

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Apr 11, 2012 ... Can sneezing with your eyes open make your eyeballs pop out? ... However, it's possible for some people to sneeze with their eyes open ...

If you sneeze with your eyes open, will your eyes pop out of your ...

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You're 5 years old, and word on the playground is that if you sneeze with your eyes open, they'll pop right out of your head. Given that you've got a nasty cold, ...

Can You Sneeze with Your Eyes Open? | Wonderopolis

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The act of sneezing — also known as sternutation — will not cause your eyes to pop out, even if you do sneeze with your eyes open. And, yes, it is possible to ...

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Oct 25, 2011 ... My special talent. If you're worried that my eyes will pop out or anything like that, just be happy that a screen lies between us.

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

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Apr 12, 2013 ... “It is certainly possible to keep your eyes open if you try while you are sneezing … but it requires working against the reflex,” says co-author ...

Can you sneeze with your eyes open? -- ScienceDaily

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Dec 9, 2016 ... Those around you have likely been sneezing more frequently, which may have prompted you to ponder if it is possible to sneeze with your eyes ...

Is it possible to sneeze with your eyes open? Yes, says expert but in ...

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Dec 9, 2016 ... IT was one of those rumours that spread around the playground like wildfire – you can't sneeze with your eyes open otherwise your eyeballs ...

If you keep your eyes open when you sneeze, would they pop out ...

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Jan 2, 2016 ... We've all heard the rumour, but what would actually happen if you sneezed while keeping your eyes open? Nothing? Or would your eyes pop ...

Why is it absolutely impossible to sneeze with your eyes open ...

www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/13/the_odd_body_sneezing_eyes_open/

Jan 13, 2007 ... Why is it absolutely impossible to sneeze with your eyes open? Asked by Jeff Grisham of San Antonio, Texas. One of the classic Odd Body ...