How to Get Air Out of Eye Socket

February 15, 2024

I have noticed that my prosthetic eye gets a yellow-greenish discharge when I blow my nose or sneeze. It also seems to get a little puffy in the area. Is this normal? If so, what can I do to prevent it?

The human body is full of quirks. For instance, some people can squirt water, smoke, or milk out of their eyes. But what is going on in their bodies when they do that? And is it dangerous to their health?

Your eye socket is a bony cup that surrounds your eyes and contains muscles, fat and blood vessels. The rim of the socket is made of fairly thick bones, but the floor and nasal side are paper thin in many places. If you hit the face hard enough, it’s possible for a fracture to occur in the inner wall of your eye socket. This is called an orbital floor fracture or a “blowout” fracture.

Normally, there are barriers to stop air and fluid from passing backwards through the nasal passages and ethmoid sinus into the eye socket. But if these barriers are weakened, it’s not only air that might get into the eye; so can snot and nasal bacteria.

If you want to avoid puffiness in the morning, try not to go to sleep with your head down. Instead, prop it slightly up so that fluid doesn’t have a chance to pool in the periorbital tissues. You could also remove any makeup before you go to bed and use a warm washcloth to wipe away any eye debris that might have built up during the night.

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