[Image: Persephone Dixon, photographed by Judie Waldmann]
What Are Reflex Tears?
Reflex tears are tears, which work to protect the human eye from harsh irritants such as smoke, onions or a strong dusty wind.
Reflex tears are triggered by the sensory nerves in the cornea of your eye.
These sensory nerves let your brain know when there is something irritating your eye.
The nerves transmit this information through impulses. These impulses are sent via the central nervous system and carry messages to the eye telling it to produce tears.
We call these tears 'reflex tears'.
Reflex tears help clear the eye of the irritant such as dust, or sand.
Now look at examples in film of dance using Reflex tears as the inspiration and of young people exploring what reflex tears are.
You can listen to the young people discuss reflex tears.
You can also see how they used drawing to help plan, communicate and remember their ideas for creating dance.
The videos below are examples of discussions on reflex tears: