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My soon to be 12 year old daughter started blinking almost

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My soon to be 12 year old daughter started blinking almost constintly about a year ago....she wears eyeglasses for all the time but continuously blinks her eyes..what could be causing this?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.
Hello and thanks for your question.

In my experience, when children start to exhibit a pattern of excessive blinking, it is usually related to a problem with the tear film coating the front of the eye, usually dry eyes. Allergies can also be affecting the eyes causing itching, stinging or burning. The allergies in and of themselves can also exacerbate dry eyes. I would recommend using warm compresses once daily, but most importantly using artificial tears 4x/day for a few weeks to see if that provided relief, thereby improving the blinking. If there is no change in her blinking after a few weeks if this, however, I would recommend seeing your eye doctor to determine if there is anything else irritating the eyes.

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