Blinking is an activity that is good for our eyes as it prevents them from getting dry. It is an involuntary reflex action that your body performs on your own. The number of times you blink in a particular time period might change with an increasing age. Blinking tends to provide lubrication to your eyes and keeps it clean by spreading the layer of tears onto the surface of your eye. On one hand where blinking is good for your eye health, an excess can be a signal of some underlying health issue. This condition of excessive eye blinking is caused due to irritation in eyes that is due to irritation, infection or presence of some foreign body in the eyes. This can also be a result of eye strain or any neurological disorder. This situation of excessive eye blinking is very common in children but can affect people of all age groups.
Here is everything that you need to know about excessive eye blinking from causes to diagnosis and prevention tips from Dr. Uma Malliah, Senior Consultant, Ophthalmology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi.
Excessive Eye Blinking?
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Blinking might be a good and healthy practice for your eyes but when it gets overboard, it can be a sign of some underlying health issue. Excessive eye blinking is a condition that results in repetitive blinking of eyes which is more than normal. Where the excessive blinking cannot be defined in words but can be understood when it starts causing a hindrance in your daily life activities. People generally start blinking more when they are in a situation of stress, nervousness and pain. Excessive blinking is a condition that can be caused due to some simple factors like irritation, presence of some foreign particle or eye infection but can also be a result of some underlying health issue. This eye condition usually tends to affect children but can also be observed in some adults.
Causes of Excessive Blinking
As by now we have understood what the condition of eye blinking is how it can affect a person, let us take a close look at the causes of this condition-
- Dry Eyes
- Presence of foreign particles
- Inflamed eyelids
- Corneal abrasion or scratch on the outside of eye
- Iris inflammation
- Trichiasis or ingrown eyelashes
- Untreated vision issues
- Eyelid spasm
- Neurological disorder
- Psychological problem
- Crossed eye
Preventions to be taken
As it is said that prevention is better than cure and hence it is important to know about some of the preventive measures that one must take in order to steer clear from this condition of excessive eye blinking. Dr. Uma Malliah suggests that-
”In order to prevent this problem, one should get regular eye checks. If they need to wear the spectacles, then they should wear the correct ones. In case they have any problem, one should see an ophthalmologist at the earliest.
Ways to treat Excessive Eye Blinking
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The condition of excessive blinking can be treated by treating the underlying eye condition. So, in case of dryness you need to use lubricating eye drops. If it is an infection, you need to treat the infection. If there is any foreign body, then it needs to be removed. In case the patient is having eye strain, they need to wear the correct spectacles. If there is any neurological problem or stress or strain, they need to see the neurologist for the proper treatment.
With inputs from Dr. Uma Malliah, Senior Consultant, Ophthalmology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi.