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It’s Better to Blink

Did you just blink your eyes? If you didn’t, you probably should have. It seems that blinking is an important way to keep your eyes healthy.

How to Blink Your Eyes

Yes, there is a right way to blink your eyes. The purpose of blinking is to refresh your eyes by moistening them with protein-rich nutrients, cleansing them of any foreign objects, and providing much-needed lubrication. This sounds like a lot to ask of a blink, but those are the benefits of this simple action.

Blinking properly and effectively involves two components: using the correct eye muscles and closing the eyes completely for a brief moment.

The muscles that are used for blinking are located above the eyes. To make sure you are using these muscles rather than facial muscles, place your fingers at the corners of your eyes by the temples. Close your eyes. You should not feel any movement under your fingers if you used your eye muscles.

After closing your eyes, pause. This step is important because if a blink is to be effective, the eyes must fully close. You can quickly check this by placing a finger under your eye, right above the cheekbone. When you close your eyes, you should feel your upper eyelashes touch your finger.

Benefits of a Blink

Once you have mastered the blink technique, you are ready to receive the benefits. During the blink, protein-rich moisture covers your eyes, providing them with necessary nutrients. This liquid also cleanses the eyes, washing away any dirt or debris. Additionally, an oily substance is released which helps to stop this moisture from evaporating too quickly while also lubricating the eyelids to prevent chaffing.

How can all of this happen? Blinking squeezes the glands in our eyes that produce these liquids. So, the nourishment, cleansing, and the oily lubrication are a natural result of the glands being able to release this necessary tear film. But it only happens when the eye fully closes in a complete blink.

Blink More and Correctly

After reading this, you are no doubt cheering the benefits of the blink, but sadly, you may not be getting the full blink treatment. This is due in large part to our digital devices. While studies have shown that people blink about the same number of times when reading on the computer screen or from printed material, the difference is how they blinked.

More people had incomplete blinks while reading from a computer monitor. This can contribute to eye strain and fatigue simply because the eyes are not getting the nourishment and cleansing associated with a blink.

Ideally, you should blink your eyes about 15 or 30 times per minute. The blinks should be soft—think of a butterfly’s wings opening and closing. When you become more aware of how often you blink, your thoughts will translate into a subconscious habit which will benefit your eyes.

Make each blink count. Here are a few things to remember.

  • Blink your eyes regularly. Put a “Think Blink” note on your computer to help you remember. Digital eye strain is becoming very common and can be easily fixed with regular blinking.
  • Practice a complete blink. Once you know what a complete blink feels like, you will be able to blink naturally and correctly.
  • Close your eyes for a brief moment now and then when you are reading or on the computer. This will not only give you the benefits of a blink but will give your eyes a quick rest.

A lot of good things can happen in the blink of an eye; be aware of when and how you blink your eyes to get the full benefits.

Straining to see clearly and think you might need glasses? Get your vision checked today.

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