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What causes our eyes to blink?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Blinking is made possible by a muscle in the face called the obicularis oculi. It’s the only muscle that can close the eyelid and keep it shut. Some people lose the ability to use this important muscle, thus losing the ability to completely close their eyes. This can be very uncomfortable; the eye is unprotected and tears drain onto the face.
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