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The Importance of Blinking

The Importance of Blinking

Do you know how many times you blink in a minute? Probably not off the top of your head, but it’s an important number, because blinking is essential to good eye health. On average, adults blink between 10 and 20 times every minute. Each blink only takes a tenth of a second, but it’s a very important tenth of a second. Blinking Cleans and Replenishes Our Eyes Every blink spreads a thin layer of tears across the cornea of the eye. Not only does this keep the eye from drying out, it also brushes away any tiny particles of dust or...

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Allergies and Our Eyes

Allergies and Our Eyes

Spring is a beautiful season with lots of flowers and vibrant greens…but it can be hard to enjoy when you have allergies. So why does springtime leave so many of us with itchy, red, and puffy eyes? How can we be sure it’s allergies and not something else, and what can we do to keep our eyes feeling good so we can enjoy the season? The Culprits Behind Seasonal Allergies Allergies can be caused by all kinds of things, from pet dander to dust to perfume, so they aren’t necessarily limited to a particular time of the year. However, they do...

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How Germs Can Travel to Our Eyes

How Germs Can Travel to Our Eyes

Most of us rub our eyes many times in the course of the day without really thinking about it. Whether we’re tired, our eyes feel dry or itchy, or there’s something stuck in one of them, it seems like the easiest way to make it feel better is to rub them a little. Unfortunately, doing that is a great way to spread germs from our fingers to our eyes. The Germs on Our Skin and Hands Many types of microorganisms live on our skin all the time, including on our faces and hands. This microscopic ecosystem is known as “skin flora,”...

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