We blink substantially less often while looking at digital screens. As our pandemic lifestyles increasingly rely on computer use, we are now blinking less than ever…
Why is blinking important?
Every blink of your eye naturally activates the meibomian glands, which maintain healthy tear film and help to prevent dry eye symptoms!
Maintain comfortable eyes by promoting healthy gland function with this easy
- Close your eyes & squeeze them closed, then relax the squeeze while keeping your eyes closed for a moment.
- Open your eyes.
- Repeat this sequence 5 times in a row.
Complete this exercise 3-4 times daily for best results! Tailor it into your day by setting a regular reminder, or associate your blink exercises with other routine activities. (e.g. meals, breaks from work, etc.)
Meibomian Glands & Dry Eye
In most cases, dry eye symptoms are caused by blockages in the tear film supporting meibomian glands in your eyelids. Ocular “tear film” is very important for comfortable eyes, as the outer surface of your eye becomes easily irritated when that moist film layer is compromised. When these glands are not functioning properly, it’s called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. (MGD) Symptoms of MGD may include redness, watering, itchiness and discomfort. Early detection is essential as MGD can progress and, if left untreated, may cause permanent damage.
If you are experiencing any troubling eye symptoms, please contact us as soon as possible. Our team will promptly schedule a thorough assessment before customizing an eye care plan just for you!