Shady Grove Eye & Vision Care
15200 Shady Grove Rd #100 Rockville MD 20850 +1 301-670-1212 $$

(301) 281-6831

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Blinking Exercises

Step-By-Step Blinking Exercises for Eye Comfort

Incorporating blinking exercises into your daily routine is a great way to relax your eyes and keep them comfortable. When doing your blinking exercises say the steps to yourself. This will help you avoid forgetting steps or rushing through the exercise.


  1. Step 1: Close your eyes gently, without squeezing.
  2. Step 2: Pause and keep your eyes closed for a count of 2.
  3. Step 3: Gently open your eyes and relax them.
  4. Step 4: Repeat 5 times


  1. Step 1: Close your eyes gently, without squeezing.
  2. Step 2: Pause and keep your eyes closed for a count of 2.
  3. Step 3: Keep your eyes closed and squeeze your eyelids together slowly and gently.
  4. Step 4: Gently open your eyes and relax them.
  5. Step 5: Repeat 5 times.

Importance of Blinking Exercises

Blinking exercises are a great way to keep your eyes moist and combat the symptoms of dry eye. Blinking stimulates tear production and gives our eyes a chance to wash away any debris that has accumulated on the surface of the eye.

Individuals who spend a lot of time on the computer or doing paperwork tend to blink less often then they should be. When we don’t blink often enough the moisture in our eyes evaporates and is not replenished, leaving our eyes tired, dry, and itchy.

Blinking exercises are a great way to refresh our eyes and keep them lubricated. They are also easy to do and can be smoothly added to your everyday routine.

To find out if you are fully blinking gently place your index fingers at the corner of your eyes (near your temples) and blink normally. If you feel your skin and muscles shift beneath your fingers, then you are not fully blinking. You should feel no movement under your fingertips when you fully blink.

It is important to fully blink during blinking exercises. To make sure you are blinking correctly be sure to pause and ensure that your upper and lower eyelids of your eyes meet completely. Partial blinking is common among individuals with dry eye and can make symptoms worse. When we don’t blink properly our eyes do not have the opportunity to fully re-lubricate.

To ensure you are doing the exercises properly, and gaining the maximum benefit, please read the blinking exercise sequences carefully.

Concentrated visual tasks cause us to blink less frequently than we should. Concentrated visual tasks include:

  • Spending prolonged periods of time on the computer or using other digital devices such as phones or tablets.
  • Driving
  • Reading
  • Watching TV
  • Doing paperwork or other desk-bound work tasks

Leave yourself a note at your desk or workstation to remind yourself to do your blinking exercises. You should be doing your blinking exercises approximately 5 times every hour. If you are having trouble doing your exercises frequently enough you can also track them on a scrap piece of paper so that you can visually remind yourself to do them.

To help you remember to do your blinking exercises it is helpful to tie them to a task you already do several times an hour. For example, every time you stop to take a sip of water or finish answering an email or end a phone call you can also do your blinking exercises. Tying your blinking exercises to several repetitive daily tasks is a great way to ensure your eyes are staying lubricated. With a little practice and dedication you can train your body to do your blinking exercises automatically and with little conscious thought. This, in turn, will ensure that you are blinking fully and more frequently.

Blinking exercises are a great way to relax and refresh your eyes and offer you relief from dry eye symptoms. If you think you are suffering from dry eye you should speak to your optometrist.


15200 Shady Grove Road, Suite 100
Rockville, MD, 20850

Contact Information

Phone: (301) 670-1212

Shady Grove Care Hours

In addition to our office hours, we offer a 24-hour emergency answering service available to all established patients.

Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Appointment Only
Sunday: Closed

Additional Notes

We will not be open on Saturday, September 18, 2021

We will no longer be open on Saturdays starting in October until further notice.