Blinking to help your Dry Eye

Have we told you to blink more ! As Weird as it might sound blinking more can help your dry eye condition.
Giving your Meibomian Oil Glands of your eye lids a squeeze every now and then can really help you out.

We even have an app for that! 

Think to Blink ... and its free to download!

Check out for Google Play Store to get for Android

For everyone else. Partial blinking is very common in people with dry eyes.

If you have been diagnosed as a partial blinker your Optometrist feels blinking exercises would be helpful for you.

BLINKING SEQUENCE:

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1. Blink exercises require frequency.  They must be done every 10–12 minutes for 30 days to be effective.  
Use an audible signal such as an egg timer or timer on a cell phone or computer to remind you, especially during tasks requiring sustained focus.

2. Close both eyes normally, pause 2 seconds and open.  Then, close the eyes normally again, pause 2 seconds and then aggressively squeeze the lids together

(as if you are trying to crack a walnut with your lids) for two seconds.  Open both eyes.  Repeat every 10–12 minutes.

3. Hold your fingers at the corners of your eyes and blink. When you are blinking correctly, you should feel no movement under your fingers.  
If you feel anything, you are using your defense muscles that run along the side of your head.
Your blinking muscles are above your eyelids.

4. Blinking is very task-dependent and the blink rate decreases with sustained visual activity.  For example, if you spend a lot of time on the computer, you are probably blinking much less frequently and might want to post a copy of the blinking exercises nearby as a reminder.

5. Lastly, if you are having difficulty incorporating the blinking exercises into your schedule (i.e. 5X/hour), chose an activity you do routinely such as answering phones or looking at email or text messages. Doing the blink exercises every time you perform this activity will help to make complete blinking a habit.

Good Luck and May the Force of your blink be with you....always.

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