Do you know that an average person blinks 15,000 – 20,000 times a day or up to 7 million times a year? However, we tend to blink less when we are reading or talking to someone, which can lead to dry eyes. Additionally, as we focus on our digital screen, we may forget to blink for a prolonged period without even realising. Why Blinking Is Important To Avoid Dry Eyes Blinking is very important as it helps to retain the moisture on the eye surface. The easiest way to prevent dry eyes is simply blinking our eyes more often. When a person blinks, the eyes pumps to produce more tears and move more fluid across and distribute it to whole surface of the eye. It also helps to remove any debris in the eyes by washing them away. It is recommended for us to blink once every 10 seconds as our tear film will start to degrade after that. Dry Eyes Most common symptoms arising from dry eyes include irritation, dryness, burning, grittiness, difficulty in reading for prolonged period. Some may even complain that they have teary eyes. Should you face any symptoms of dry eyes mentioned above, such as irritation, dryness, burning, grittiness or difficulty in reading feel free to visit our optometrist at YAK Visioncare for an eye check.