Vision & Learning
Excessive Blinking & Rubbing
Excessive blinking is common in children, especially those younger than six years of age and is equally common among boys and girls. Sometimes the condition starts suddenly with a high-frequency blink, lasting anything between one or two weeks up to about six months and can vanish as quickly as it came. There is a variety of possible causes, including allergies, sinus infection or tics. Many children excessively rub their eyes normally, particularly when they are tired.
However, often excessive blinking & rubbing can be a sign of mild but chronic straining of the eyes’ delicately balanced focusing and pointing systems. Typically, the need to overcome a constantly changing mismatch between the two systems makes the eyes feel itchy or sore, resulting in feeling the need to “rub them better”, or “blink away the irritation”. Undergoing a full visual assessment will reveal if this, or any other signs of visual skills deficiency are present.