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Blinking Exercises

Partial blinking increases the rate of tears escaping from your eyes and is common in people with dry eyes. Your doctor would like you to spend a few minutes a day training your blinking habits. It’s easy as 1, 2, and 3. Let’s start.

Here’s the sequence:

Close -Pause-Pause -Open

Close- Pause – Pause – Squeeze-Open – Relax


  1. Train your blinking habits for at least 30 days, with 10 minute exercise sessions per day. This will allow the proper blinking habits to become a concrete part of your life. You can use a timer, or an alarm to remind you daily when it’s time for your blinking exercises. Remember to squeeze super tight and open normal.
  2. To make sure you are doing this exercise correctly, place your fingers at the corners of your eyes by your temples. Now blink. If you feel movement under your fingers, this means you are using your defense muscles. Your natural blinking muscles are located above your eyes.
  3. It is important to make sure your upper and lower eyelids make full contact during the pause step. When doing this correctly, your fingers should not feel any movement when temporally placed.
  4. Blinking varies depending on different tasks. Usually blink rates decreases with sustained visual tasks such as computer use. Keep a copy of this blinking exercise or cut out the “Blink.” reminder circle (located on the next page) and tape it to your computer to help remind you.

Cut this circle and tape it to a location where you spend at least 10 minutes a day. It will help remind you to do your blink exercises.