Why don't your eyeballs freeze?

22 July 2007

Question

Eyeballs are full of liquid, so how do they not freeze in extreme temperatures?

Answer

[We put this question to David Thomas, author of 'Surviving Antarctica']Because your eyeball is contained within your head, and your head is kept at body temperature, it never gets cold enough to freeze. The eyeballs in a dead body would indeed freeze, but while you're alive and radiating heat it can't. Even tears wont freeze immediately, as they are very salty, and salt reduces the freezing point.

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