This exercise has been developed over the years and proved successful to numerous patients. You can consider them as steps to correct blinking that can help to get the habit of blinking properly.
Let us understand the structure of the eyelids to help you understand the steps for blinking.
There are two types of muscles in our eyelids, which can be called light and heavy. The function of the heavy muscles is to close eyelids quickly in emergency events. They force the lids together with vigorous action. They are not meant for normal blinking.
If the heavy muscles, due to improper habits are used for ‘squinting’ or partial blinking, they will need retraining for wearing contact lenses with optimum success. You can feel the force exerted by the heavy muscles by placing your two index fingers at the outer corners of your eyes at the angle of the lids.
Many people are unaware of the correct blinking techniques, which can cause difficulty for them while using contact lenses. However, by knowing the correct blinking ways and with little practice you can learn to relax the heavy muscles, and thus eliminate the forced blink when not needed.
Steps for correct blinking
1: Relax: Take a deep breath and relax in order to relax your eye muscles. It is important that throughout the exercise you are not forcing any eye movements. Forced eye movement causes muscle tension. Instead, try to open and close the eyes smoothly and naturally. Let it be a normal, casual process without having to take much effort.
2: Close: Gently and slowly close your eyes. As you are already feeling relaxed, you can close your eyes comfortably without forcing your eye movements.