Why Is Your Eye Twitching?

Why Is Your Eye Twitching?

Have you ever felt your eyelids or the area around your eye twitching uncontrollably? Weird sensation, isn’t it? And can definitely drive you crazy. But no fear, it isn’t the first sign of a stroke, or a bug trapped underneath the skin (surely your mum told you that, too?). And no, most people can’t see it!

In fact, Myokymia to the docs or, eye twitching, eyelid tics, even eye shakes to us, are pretty common involuntary spasms which can affect either the bottom or the top eyelid. They might come and go though sometimes can last for months at a time.

So how to stop it? Firstly, you need determine why it’s happening. There are many reasons why your eye involuntarily shakes; stress, too much alcohol, dry eyes, allergies, caffeine or simply tiredness. Even a combination of the above. There are many simple reasons and almost all sudden-onset eyelid twitching is benign, meaning there is nothing to worry about.

Unfortunately, it’s quite difficult to treat. All you can do is sleep if you’re tired, reduce the stress, drink more water, less caffeine and alcohol. Also, bear in mind that the overuse of computers or smartphones can also cause a strain to the eyelid and set off the annoying twitch. Especially if you use your phone in the dark, you can strain them even more.

Rarely, it could be the symptom of something more serious such as the neurological conditions blepharospasm or hemifacial spasm. If you have genuine cause to believe this is so, or if you are worried at all, see your GP or eye doctor for a diagnosis.

Animation of twitching eyelids.

 

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