What to do when your eye pops out of your head

Not all popped eyeballs come from head trauma. A few people can luxate their globes on purpose, and certain others get “spontaneous globe luxation” when their eyelids are pushed in the right way. Someone with shallow eye sockets or floppy eyelid syndrome, for example, might pop his eyeballs during a regular eye exam. You can also trigger luxation while putting in your contact lenses, or with a particularly violent sneeze.


My uncle saw that happen once at a boxing match in Mexico City. Sucks, but it happens.

Remind me to never, ever, think about trying to keep my eyes open during a sneeze. 8O

my wifes grandmothers eye popped out due to a sneeze

Good God, and when it happens, it’s exactly what you imagine it is: your eye dangling out like the Qt3 logo, hanging from its own blood vessels.

“the feeling of your eyelids clamped down behind them won’t be pleasant.”

“Doctors apply some topical painkillers, hold back your lashes, and poke your eyeball into its socket … In some cases, they’ll use a … bent paperclip to shoehorn it back into place.”

I wonder if, while it’s out, you can close the other eye and hold up the dangling one to look around corners.

My grandmother fell down a flight of stairs a few years back and her eye popped out. Luckily it was the eye she was already blind in.

Whoa. I had heard Ray’s injury was “severe,” but I didn’t honestly think that it had actually popped out.

Dear fucking god I never want to see that or have it happen to me.

Although some Japanese animators may disagree, fucking god has no domain over such things. I would try beseeching health god or safety god.

Thanks nutsak. That was one of those posts where the smiley ban was kind of a bummer.

If you’re ever around someone when this happens, cover the ‘popped’ eye. They can still see out of it, and it will freak them the fuck out because the brain can’t figure out WTF is going on.

Or cover the other eye and start going “Whoaaaaaaa” while (gently) moving their head in a circular motion.

Fuck that. You touch it.

How do you handle a popped eyeball without damaging it?

Gently, I guess. And don’t touch the iris/pupil.

I never knew that. I wear contact lenses, and i sneeze. Nobody told me about this. Who do i sue if it happens ?

I saw a film at the weekend that included globe luxation. It looked totally gross, and certainly wouldn’t want to see it at a sports match. At least no one was cutting it off with scissors.

All I know is if your shit does pop out you dont want the guy above me try and help you out.

Also, don’t go to Mars and leave the protective atmosphere of the domes. That really pops your eyes out.

I wish i was man enough to say i could cover their eye, but reality is i would be half way down the street screaming and absolutely no help.