Keeping Dry Eye at Bay: Blinking Exercises
Many people suffer from dry eye, which results from a lack of sufficient moisture in the eye surface. Certainly, dry winter weather doesn’t help the situation. While you could try artificial tears to increase moisture, you may just want to try some simple blinking exercises to increase your blinking rate and decrease your dry eye symptoms.
Blinking keeps moisture in the eyes, and blinking exercises can help that process. Regular blinking coats the eye with a layer of fresh tears, which also serves to clean the surface of the eye and moisturize it. This subconscious action can’t be helped; some people blink more than others. The normal blinking rate is every four seconds, translating to about 15 times a minute.
Here are some suggestions on blinking exercises from the optical professionals at Simon Eye Associates:
- Take a break from looking at your computer screen and take a long look at a distant object, such a tree outside your window. This will help with eye strain by putting your eyes at rest. Focus for up to 15 seconds, then slowly re-focus your eyes on an object closer to you. Don’t move your head, but do this for another 10 to 15 seconds, repeating the whole process four to five times.
- Shut your eyes, squeeze them tight, then repeat. Very simple. Do this for three to five seconds, then open your eyes and relax the muscles. Keep your eyes open for another three to five seconds, then repeat up to seven times.
- Roll your eyes clockwise, then counter-clockwise, then move them up and down, left and right. Finish by focusing on the tip of your nose.
- Rub your palms against each other until they are warm, then place them over your eyes. Try to focus on the warmth and relax your mind.
Get More Blinking Exercise Tips at Simon Eye Associates
For more suggestions on how to improve your dry eyes, call Simon Eye Associates for an appointment at one of our many Delaware office locations. We can be reached at 302-239-1933.