Have you ever had an Eye Twitch and wondered why?

Eye Twitch - West Side Eye ClinicNo one knows what causes this Eye Twich. Many professionals refer to it as blepharospasm. Blepharospasm is a neurological condition characterized by forcible closure of the eyelids.When it happens, your eyelid, usually the upper one, blinks and you can’t make it stop. Sometimes it affects both eyes. The lid moves every few seconds for a minute or two.

Some professionals believe that it is related to stress, fatigue, and even caffeine.  The twitches are harmless and will typically go away on their own. If the eyelid spasm is strong enough, it can cause your eye or eyes to completely shut and then reopen.

Sometimes the eye twitch can be a sign of a more serious illness such as pink eye, light sensitivity, dry eyes or even Tourette’s syndrome. However, a minor eye twitch is normally associated with lifestyle factors. Some of these factors can be lack of sleep, alcohol or tobacco use, caffeine intake, fatigue and stress.

In most cases, the twitching will go away. However, you may consider making an appointment with your eye doctor if you experience the following:

  • Your upper eyelid droops
  • Your eyelid closes completely
  • The twitch lasts for more than 1 week
  • You see redness, swelling, or discharge from the eye
  • Spasms involve other facial muscles.

There are many treatment options for the Eye Twitch ranging from rest and caffeine reduction to over-the-counter artificial tears and Botulinum toxin. Make an appointment with eye doctor to find out more.

Westside Eye Clinic

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.