ELIF: Why do our eyes burn/sting when something gets in them?

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What exactly causes that burning feeling?

In: Biology

The eyes are one of, if not the most sensitive part of the body, it’s simply them getting irritated.

Just like a corrosive substance will irritate your skin, the eyes are so sensitive that dust, smoke or even an eyelash will cause pain. Because they are so important, we evolved with super sensible eyes to protect them.