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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Lack Of Blinking (Overview)

Lack of blinking is a clinical finding in which a person does not shut their eyelids regularly, leading to dry eyes. This may be caused by damage to the blinking reflex, mental illness, or too much staring at electronic devices.


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
15 doctors shared insights

Lack Of Blinking (Overview)

Lack of blinking is a clinical finding in which a person does not shut their eyelids regularly, leading to dry eyes. This may be caused by damage to the blinking reflex, mental illness, or too much staring at electronic devices.


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Does lack of blinking cause any problems?

Does lack of blinking cause any problems?

Dry eyes: Blinking wets the front of the eye, which is dried by contact with air. ...Read more

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Could lack of blinking be epilepsy?

Could lack of blinking be epilepsy?

Unlikely: Epilepsy is alteration of consciousness. Lack of blinking is not a usual sign of any seizure disorder, but can be seen in parkinson's patients. Have an eye doctor check your tearing system, to make sure you do not have sjogren's or other lid closure problems. ...Read more

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Does lack of blinking cause any problems?

Dry eyes: Blinking wets the front of the eye, which is dried by contact with air. ...Read more

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What are causes of infrequent or lack of eye blinking?

What are causes of infrequent or lack of eye blinking?

Uncommon: The blink rate goes down with concentrated attention such as computer work. No blinking at all is pathologic and will cause corneal opacitification due to dryness. That could be due to lid trauma with scarring or neurologic damage (rare). Blinking is automatic and not really under conscious control for more than a few moments. ...Read more

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Slept with contacts, unable to blink!? How long should I stick my head underwater?

Slept with contacts, unable to blink!?  How long should I stick my head underwater?

Don't!: If you created a corneal abrasion by contact lens abuse do not expose your eyes to tap water. It contains bacteria and possibly an ameba that can cause severe corneal ulceration and vision loss. See an eye md immediately! ...Read more

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What might happen if you were unable to blink? Would you go blind?

What might happen if you were unable to blink?  Would you go blind?

Surface dryness: The purpose of the blink is to spread tears across the surface of the eye to keep it properly wet. If you can't blink the surface of the eye can dry out causing severe infection, ulceration and even the loss of vision. ...Read more

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Slept with contacts now unable to blink! panicking. Can I drive to er?

Slept with contacts now unable to blink! panicking. Can I drive to er?

Get a driver: First of all don't go to er with eye injury. Seek an eye md immediately. Any reputable ophthalmologist will have you come in immediately. ...Read more