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Excessive Blinking

Nicks J Apr 28, 2019
Blinking more than usual can be due to eye problems like dry eyes and eyelid spasms. Read to know more about causes of too much blinking.
Blinking of the eyes is normal and moreover essential to remove the dirt that gets accumulated on the surface of the eyeball. Tear glands located in the upper eyelid generate tears, a liquid that is primarily made up of water. Eye blinking transport tears from tear glands to the surface of the eye, which helps in cleaning the eyes.
Usually, blinking about 15-16 times every minute is normal but when the blinks dramatically increase to 30-40 per minute, this condition is termed as excessive blinking, that can affect one or both the eyes.

Causes

Dry Eyes

As we all know, dry eyes occur when tear glands in the eyes are unable to produce tears in sufficient amounts. This lack of moisture can make a person blink excessively during the day. Persistent dryness associated with diminished production of eyes can be a cause of great discomfort, to which the person may react by blinking the eyes excessively.

Presence of Foreign Object

A foreign object trapped under the lower eyelid can make the affected eye irritated and one may respond by blinking excessively. This may continue until the foreign particle is removed.

Eyelid Spasms

Spasms refers to the uncontrolled movement of muscles that usually last for a minute. In eyelid spasms, a common eye problem, the upper eyelid muscles move 'to-and-fro' involuntarily for a stipulated time. In case of severe eyelid muscle spasms that can last for several minutes, it may appear as if the person is blinking persistently.

Eyesight Problems

Excessive blinking in children has also been associated with vision problems. Children who are unable to see properly due to birth defects that cause blurred vision are also seen blinking excessively.

Brain Disorders

A recent study reveals that the blink rate is regulated by the brain. So presence of any abnormalities or diseases in the brain can have a negative impact on the blink rate. Development of brain tumor or infections of the brain can also cause involuntary blinking of the eye.

Absence Seizures

This is a type of seizure (involuntary movement of any body part) typically marked by decrease in alertness and is accompanied by constant blinking of the eye. Absence seizures are the result of abnormal electrical activity that occur inside the brain.

Anxiety

Too many eye blinks occur as a response to a stressful situation. Worrying about something for prolonged periods, can trigger an intense feeling of anxiety. This may cause muscle spasms of the eyelid.
However, in most cases blinking often in children is not worrisome and vanishes without any treatment. Many times, too much physical activity that causes fatigue, results in repeated movements of the eyelids. In such cases, taking adequate rest resolves the issue.
Disclaimer: The information provided is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.