Do your eyes often feel dry, gritty, scratchy, or itchy? If so, you may be dealing with inefficient blinking habits. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of blink efficiency and how you can alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms.
Understanding the Significance:
Inefficient blinking can cause a range of eye symptoms because it fails to maintain the comfortable wetness of the ocular surface, hinders healthy delivery of the tear film’s oily layer, and doesn’t support an adequate mucous layer. But don’t worry; there are things you can do to improve your blinking habits.
Types of Inefficient Blinking:
Inefficient blinking can take two forms:
1. Low Blink Rate: This means not blinking frequently enough, which results in excessive time between blinks and excessive tear loss by evaporation. This can lead to unhealthy drying of the eye’s surface, or even a contact lens if you wear one.
2. Incomplete Blinks: Incomplete blinks happen when the top lid doesn’t fully touch the bottom lid, leaving the lower part of your eye dry and uncomfortable.
The Impact of Incomplete Blinks:
Incomplete blinks can lead to discomfort, and in the case of contact lens wearers, it may even cause the lens to become soiled.
Efficient Blinking Techniques:
Efficient blinking is your ticket to eye comfort:
1. Full and Complete Blinks: These blinks ensure the top and bottom lids gently touch, covering the entire ocular surface effectively.
2. Soft, Light, and Relaxed: Efficient blinks should be natural and relaxed, without unnecessary involvement of facial muscles.
3. Brief and Rapid: Efficient blinks are swift, taking just about a third of a second to complete.
4. Looks Natural: Efficient blinks look natural and confident to other people.
The 20-20-20-20 Blink Exercise/ Training:
You can improve your blink efficiency with a simple exercise. Every 20 minutes, take a break from tasks like computer work or reading. Look into the distance for about 20 seconds while practicing 20 efficient blinks. This exercise provides immediate relief by rewetting the surface of your eyes and offers long-term benefits by improving your overall blinking efficiency.
A practice session should take about 20 seconds with five cycles of each of the 4 blinking techniques repeated as prompts for reproducing 20 efficient blinks. To make significant changes to your blink efficiency levels, you will need to practice as many times as possible for at least a week. Repeating the exercises in subsequent days, weeks, months and years will help maintain the improvements achieved.
Consistency Is Key:
The key to success with blink exercises is consistency. No one else can do them for you, so make time for these practices to ensure optimal eye health and comfort. Understanding the significance of efficient blinking habits is essential for managing dry eye symptoms. By incorporating blink exercises into your daily routine, you can enjoy immediate relief and long-term improvements in blink efficiency. Prioritise your eye health and take proactive steps towards a more comfortable and clear-eyed future. Your eyes will thank you!