Blinking Lessons

>> Wednesday, February 1, 2017

My eyes have been very dry.  Let me explain.  When I awakened, my first action was to place a finger on my eyelid and lift up, unsticking it from my eyeball.  At least my eye was open, but painful. As I shuffled to the bathroom, I kept ahold of the footboard because I was still not seeing clearly. Then I placed one eye drop in each eye, blinked a few times and my world showed up.

Once my glasses were placed on my nose, I could see. 

It seems the optical field is just now discovering that having dry eyes is a major problem in the world. So much so, that it was recommended to me that I attend a Dry Eye Clinic.  For two hours I was tested with various machines and instruments. As I placed my chin on the indicated cup, I looked through to a screen. The technician continued to make adjustments to the machine, so we just kept talking.

“Ok, that’s all for that test. You can set back.”

What test?

Pictures had been taken of my blinking. Guess what? When I blinked, my eyelid did not go all the way down to the bottom lid. In that lid across the bottom of the eye is where the moisture resides for your eyeball. I had already been tested to see if I actually had moisture in the tubes.  I did.  But because I did not blink all the way down, the liquid to moisten my eye stayed in the tube.

Thus, my dry eyes. 

She asked me to blink. Easy, right? Wrong. My eyelid action was called partial blinking. I was given a course in blinking exercises, to be completed as a regular part of my day. Another type of blinking activity included exercising during commercials or at the end of a chapter when reading.

I now know how to blink correctly. My eyes have improved dramatically. 

But I have a question. How many activities in our life are completed by rote and we have no idea we are not doing them correctly. Who knew I didn’t know how to blink? How about the task of studying? Not all children learn the same way. Is it possible the child who struggles needs to learn a new way of studying? What about the way we show love to our spouse? My husband and I had to learn what spoke love to the other.

Then there is the subject of Christianity. Is the way we do God working? Maybe we need some God lessons.

“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet!” Philippians 3:15 (MSG)


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