The last couple of years have seen a marked increase in the number of people wearing glasses and contact lenses; most likely due to increased computer and TV usage both at home and at work. If your vision has worsened slightly, you may be considering getting glasses. Before you commit, however, try doing some blinking exercises.
Like any other muscle in the body, your eyes need regular exercise to keep them healthy. Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care, the leading company in laser eye surgery in Rockville, MD discusses how blinking exercises can boost your vision.
Science and Art of Blinking
Blinking is a simple and effective way to keep your eyes fresh and focus longer. When you focus intently on a TV or computer screen, you tend to blink less, which can strain your eyes. Regular blinking provides two main functions – sweeping tears across the cornea and squeezing the Meibomian glands to release the oily layer onto the tears.
Blinking exercises essentially cleanse and nourish your eyes, which in turn eases the strain on your vision. These keep your eyes coated with three beneficial layers of tears:
• The first layer of tears lines against the whites of your eyes, providing an even coat of protein-rich moisture that adheres to the second layer
• The second layer helps to cleanse foreign debris away. It also nourishes your cornea with moisture and a variety of needed proteins and minerals.
• This third outer layer is a bit oily. It helps prevent the quick evaporation of the middle watery layer, and provides the necessary lubrication between your eyes and your eyelids.
Blinking Exercise Sequence
While there really is no preset schedule, your trusted optometrist in Potomac, MD recommends that you blink more often if you spend a lot of time on the computer. Begin by holding your fingers at the corners of your eyes and then blink. Follow the sequence: Close – Pause – Pause – Open – Relax. When you are familiar with this routine, you can squeeze your eyes just before you open them, and then relax.
When you do it correctly, you should feel no movement under your fingers. The pause step is crucial to make a complete contact between the upper and lower lids.
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