How often should you blink?

Have you ever wondered or thought about how many times we blink in a day? You may not know this, but we actually blink more than our heart beats.

Blinking is an involuntary action of closing and opening the eyelids to protect our eyes from damage or to moisturize them naturally. It turns out blinking is not just a natural process, but it also indicates certain moods such as anxiety, stress, or fatigue.

If you’re curious about how often you should be blinking for optimal eye health and comfort read on!

The science behind Blinking

Scientists have conducted numerous studies examining the mechanism of human blinking. Our blinking frequency reduces when we are highly-focused on something visually engaging like reading a book, watching TV shows. This means less ocular lubrication which can lead to dryness.

This reduced spontaneous blinking rather contributes towards developing computer vision syndrome (CVS) with prolonged monitor usage as well known as digital eyestrain disorders.

Various sensors located around your face notify the areas present within your brainstem whether there’s anything close approaching other than these signals provide feedback responsible for regulating their rhythmicity.

Why do humans need to blink?

Do not take this simple reflexive task lightly! Blinking serves several purposes that preserve harmony between physiology & environment 

  • Spread tear film by gliding over outer surface.
  • Expel irritants while simultaneously improving focus
  • Helps prevent droplet spreading during coughs and sneezes!

So much happens every time one blinks without taking any conscious effort!! What else would surprise me today??

So then…how much should I be blinking daily?

Considering all elements at play the recommended amount of total blinks per minute roughly averages around 15 -20 that translates into approximately 1200 times daily depending upon various factors discussed further:

  1. Technology exposure limit
  2. Age
  3. Ocular disorder history

How does Technology usage impact blinking frequency?

Studies have shown that people on their digital devices tend to blink less frequently, which results in eyes feeling more fatigued and strained as they become drier over time.

If you spend long hours working on your computer or scrolling social media timelines you might want to take a minute break every 2020′ (every twenty minutes pause for 20 seconds).

What is the influence of age?

Do the years start weighing down!? The answer is yes – statistical data shows that global average blink rate decreases from around  18-19 blinks/min in younger adults &  settles at approximately 10-12 times once crossing early fifties. 

A possible explanation could involve reduced neural stimuli response due to existing degenerating sensory receptors within maintaining these reflex actions rather than being impacted by external factorises only since ageing affects several physical and mental aspects like metabolism and cognitive attention.

Therefore, our flexing eyelids require extra care with aging! 

Do you have any pre-existing ocular disorders?

Various visual health conditions such as Dry eye syndrome (DD), Xerophthalmia,a neurodegenerative disease known as Parkinson’s employ impacting spontaneous blinking patterns. A general condition which triggers significant damage especially if left unattended besides requiring medical interventions.


Maintaining appropriate blinking rates plays a crucial role in reducing fatigue associated with digital eyestrain syndrome, benefiting changes dependent Upon keeping consistency thoughtfully crafted into daily routines .

While remaining aware of various restrictions specific individual may face concerning their prior eye problems amongst other limitations —One should make sure about following what feels right—–and if it means going through an inconspicuously funny moment then why not? It will undoubtedly add up some count to your daily blink diary!

Blinking- Much more than what meets the eye!

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