What is eye twitching?
What causes eyelid twitching?
Some common causes are:
- Alcohol, smoking and substance abuse
- Exposure to bright lights
- Excessive caffeine consumption
- Lack of sleep
- Irritation or infection of the eye or eyelids
- Straining of the eyes due to reading or using the computer
- Brain and nervous system disorders such as Bell’s palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Tourette’s, etc.
- Side effects of certain medication
What does eye twitching feel like?
- The twitching or spasms are usually very mild and feel like a gentle tug or flickering of the eyelid.
- Some patients may experience strong spasms, causing the eyelids to shut. This is called blepharospasm.
- Twitching is usually unpredictable. It may occur every few seconds and last for a few minutes to hours and this may continue for several days.
- Twitching is usually
- harmless and does not affect vision but maybe a nuisance
- resolved spontaneously
How can I get my eye to stop twitching?
- Get adequate rest and sleep.
- Reduce consumption of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine.
- Artificial tears or eye drops may help keep the eyes lubricated.
- Apply pressure with the palm of the hand or use a warm compress.
- Occasionally, the doctor may advise Botox injections into the eyelid or surgery to stop the spasms.
When should I be worried about eye twitching?
If the twitching does not disappear on its own, consider seeing a doctor if you face the following:
- The twitching does not resolve in a few weeks.
- Your eyelid shuts when it twitches and there is difficulty opening the eye (blepharospasm).
- Twitching happens in other parts of your face or body.
- The eye is inflamed, irritated, red or swollen or has discharge.
- The eyelids start drooping.
How can eyelid twitching be prevented?
- Get adequate rest.
- Manage your physical and psychological stress.
- Reduce the intake of caffeine and alcohol.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid straining the eyes by taking breaks while reading, using the computer or watching TV.