Please Blink

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So, I don’t know about you, but in general, everywhere I look, I see people staring at their phone incessantly. Waiting in the doctor’s lobby, or in line at the grocery store, at the bus stop, while driving, you get the point right? I’m not pointing fingers, alas, I’m always reading on my phone during all the situations I just mentioned and beyond.

The result from staring at a screen most of the day? I have my right eye “weeping” tears 24/7. ALL DAY LONG people. I’m afraid of using mascara or any eye make-up and run the risk of my eyes “burning” with mascara inside my eye. First I thought it was a summer allergy, and then after an internet self-diagnosis I concluded I had a “clogged duct.”

After a few months, I found my “weeping” eye so bothersome I decided to see a doctor recommended by my gp. The diagnosis? Not a clogged tear duct but a case of severely dry eyes. My right eye was so dry that not having any tears to keep my eyes “moisturized” had to use the “reserve” emergency tears to keep my eye from being dry as a desert. Hence my “weepy” eye.

Doctor Michael Gilbert gave me special eye drops that I have to use six times a day. He also prescribed a series of eye exercises that include closing my eyes for two seconds and then opening my eyes, and repeat for a few minutes. I also have to put a goopy cream in my eyes every night. The cream makes me see blurry until I fall asleep, so no reading for me…In a nutshell, I was ordered to blink more, hence my title “Please blink!”

Why have blinking exercises? When I blink, I’m using the eyes muscles that moisturize my eyes with “fresh tears” while helping my eyes from becoming dry.

There is more to my eye treatment that I won’t go into details, but I wanted to share this information with you and help you avoid dry eyes. It may not sound like a big deal, but seriously, we use our eyes for everything we do. If you are a die-hard crafter like me, your eyes may be over-tired from using Pinterest, looking at your phone and crafting away.

Thank you for stopping by! Have you had a “weepy” eye in the past?

P.S. 1 “Under normal circumstances, your blinking rate is an average 4 seconds, about 15 times a minute. When using the computer or staring at any other bright screen our blinking rate decreases by up to a whopping 70%! – (Information cited from this blog.)

P.S. 2 I’m not a doctor and any information you find here, take it at your own risk. If you are having similar eye problems, please contact your doctor.

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  1. Anne Pik
    2015/09/18 / 7:49 pm

    Thanks for this wake up call and reminder!

    • kraftmint
      2015/09/19 / 7:45 pm

      You got it ;) Glad you will be blinking away :)

  2. Summer
    2015/09/21 / 2:04 pm

    Thanks for this post! Very informative♥♥

    • kraftmint
      2015/09/29 / 3:31 pm

      Hello Summer, so glad you found it useful! I’m still struggling with my eyes but slowly getting better :)

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