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Dr. D. Love
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Is there a way of teaching myself to wink - I need to be able

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Is there a way of teaching myself to wink - I need to be able to do this to pass my medical to enter the navy?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
Hello from JustAnswer.
Yes, this can typically be learned.
But it will help if you could provide some further information.
Are you having difficulty winking because of a medical problem?
Or have you simply never learned how to wink?
What happens when you try to wink?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
There is no medical problem - I can sort of wink with one eye with my face a little screwed up but cannot with the other eye and I need to be able to wink with both
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
What happens when you try to wink with the other eye?
For both eyes, you can close each eye normally, when needed, correct?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
When I try with my other eye I can close it but the other eye also closes - I can only close the other eye if I hold it closed
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
From a neurologic wiring perspective, the closing of the eyes are independent of each other, and winking is only a specific use of the same muscles. Turning the eyeball to look right or left are connected, but closing the eyes is typically independent. It may take some exercises for you to become aware of which muscles are in use to close the eyes.

I want you to perform some exercises in front of a mirror or while someone is watching what you are doing. First, while watching yourself in the mirror, close and open both eyes together for 5 or 10 times. Then alternate closing and opening each eye separately. If this is difficult, use your hands to keep open one eye while closing the other.Try to avoid using your hands to close the eye that you want to be closed. It may take several attempts at these exercises to get used to which muscles are used to close each eye and develop the skill to close each eye independently.

Once you have learned which muscles to use to close each eye, a wink is simply using the same muscles very quickly. After perfecting using the muscles to close each eye, then start using the muscles slightly more quickly each time. With time, it is generally easing to accelerate the use of the muscles to be able to close each eye quickly, which will then be a wink.

Let me know how it is going.