Eye Twitching

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Last Updated December 20th, 2021

Limit your caffeine intake. Caffeine can increase the frequency of muscular contractions, including those in your eyelids.
Just like caffeine, stress is a big factor that impacts muscular contractions. When you are stressed, your muscles get more strained as a result of which you can easily get facial tics and even eye twitching.
Another reason for eye twitching could be too much screen time. This increases eye fatigue, distorts vision, gives headaches, and also leads to eye twitching. You must take regular breaks from continuous screen time and ensure your eyes get adequate relaxation Many studies now reveal that there is a strong link between tobacco consumption and constant eye twitching. Caffeine, stress, and smoking – all of these are largely responsible for frequent eye twitching and the associated headaches.
If your eye twitching has been continuing for a longer duration (for weeks), it might be an indicator of an underlying medical condition such as restricted blood flow to the facial region and/or a neurological issue. You must see a doctor if you have prolonged eye twitching.
Warm compress and light massaging of the eyelids can help get rid of eye twitching. Try to get ample rest if you feel your eyes are constantly twitching. You can also use OTC topical antihistamine eye drops to obtain relief from frequent eye twitching.
Scientists believe that anxiety and stress can trigger eye twitching. Other causes of eye twitching are - excess caffeine intake, muscle fatigue, too much screen time, and at times, electrolyte imbalance within the body.
Try getting some rest. Apply warm compress lightly on your eyelids. Switch off your phone and give your eyes some rest. In case, the twitching remains persistent, it would be wise to consult a doctor.

Overview

Some people have obvious nervous tics. Others may have less noticeable ones. Twitching of the eyelids is a particularly common nervous tic that some people display when they are exhausted or anxious. Even otherwise, most of us are familiar with the sensation of twitching in the eyelids. This is usually a brief and completely harmless phenomenon and we are often not even entirely aware of it.

Sometimes, this is much more serious than a harmless nervous tic, especially when it becomes severe enough to prevent normal opening and shutting of the eyes. This usually indicates a more serious underlying problem; either damage or inflammation in the eye or a medical disorder affecting the muscles of the eyelid.

What Is Eye Twitching?

EYE TWITCHING painTwitching of the eyelids is a series of sudden and painless involuntary spasms of the muscles in the eyelids. This condition, also known as blepharospasm, may be unilateral or bilateral but usually, it is the upper eyelid that is affected. This may be a one-off occurrence or a periodic one. A minor twitch is generally brief, lasting no longer than a few seconds. The movements of the eyelid could be so subtle that they might be invisible to an observer and even the person experiencing it may not become fully aware of the twitching before it has passed.

For some people twitching can be a persistent condition, reappearing on and off. While this can be discomfiting and frustrating, it does not usually cause for any serious concern. When this condition persists and worsens to the extent that the eyelid is forced to close every time it twitches, one should seek medical advice because this is likely to be a sign of a more serious underlying problem.

What Causes The Eyelids to Twitch?

Factors such as caffeine and lack of adequate sleep are capable of triggering eye twitching or blepharospasm. It is brought about by faulty muscle movement and this could be an occasional occurrence or a chronic condition. Common triggers for eyelid twitching include:

  • Fatigue.
  • Sleep deprivation.
  • Stress and anxiety.
  • Irritation of the eye.
  • Exercise.
  • Smoking.
  • Consumption of alcohol or caffeine.
  • Taking certain medications.

EYE TWITCHING dropsEye twitching sometimes represents a symptom of an underlying medical disorder or nervous disturbance. These causes include:

  • Metabolic disorders.
  • Compression of the facial nerve.
  • Electrolyte imbalance such as lowered levels of serum potassium, possibly as a result of kidney dysfunction.
  • Eye-related disorders such as uveitis, conjunctivitis, photosensitivity, dry eyes or inflammation of the eyelid.
  • Nervous disorders such as Lou Gehrig disease, Bell’s palsy, Tourette syndrome, multiple sclerosis or spinal muscular atrophy among others.

What Does It Look And Feel Like?

Twitching of the eyelid resembles a series of rapid blinks or tremors. Normally, episodes of twitching come and go in an unpredictable fashion. They can last for varying durations of time but a minor twitch is usually a brief occurrence and may not recur for weeks or months afterward. If it occurs often and in combination with certain other symptoms this might be a sign of an underlying medical disorder. In this case, it is also likely to appear more frequently or even manifest in a chronic fashion.

What Are The Different Forms of Eye Twitching?

Depending on the severity and duration of these episodes of involuntary movement, this condition can manifest in three forms.

  • Eyelid twitch: This describes transient episodes of eyelid twitching. These might appear now and again, triggered by factors such as stress or fatigue. Usually, this condition affects one eye. It will typically go away on its own without any treatment.
  • Benign essential blepharospasm: This is a chronic condition and typically manifests in a bilateral manner. At best, this produces intermittent and periodic involuntary spasms of the eyelid. At its most severe, the patient experiences a continuous and persistent involuntary blinking of the eyelids to the extent that he or she is rendered functionally handicapped and unable to perform normal everyday tasks. The immediate cause for this is dystonia or a movement disorder. In other words, it is the involuntary contraction or spasming of a specific set of muscles, in this case, the muscles of the eyelid, as a result of a neurological dysfunction. This is more common among women than men and is more likely to appear to close the age of 60 or thereafter. The eyelid twitching may be accompanied by other symptoms such as increased sensitivity to light and dryness in the eyes.
  • Hemifacial spasm: This is a neuromuscular disorder that affects one side of the face and causes involuntary contractions of the muscles in that area as a result of compression of a facial nerve. It often begins with a twitching of the lower eyelid on the affected side. This develops gradually to also involve the muscles around the area of the mouth. The twitching may be brief or persistent. Onset typically occurs around middle age. The left side of the face is more likely to be affected than the right.

Can Eye Twitching Give Rise To Any Complications?

When muscle spasms in the eyelid are severe enough to force the eyelids to shut all the way, this can become very uncomfortable and interfere with normal vision. As in the case of severe essential blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm, the condition can get serious enough to impair normal functioning and cause considerable embarrassment and even enforced isolation. This can lead to frustration, anxiety and even depression.

Do I Need To Undergo Any Tests?

EYE TWITCHING restThe patient themselves might have identified the triggers responsible for bringing on the twitch or aggravating it. If this is a chronic condition, the physician will look for any underlying cause by conducting blood tests to check for electrolyte imbalance or metabolic disorder. Hemifacial spasm is identified by the fact that the muscle spasms are restricted to one side of the face and that it is usually the lower eyelid that twitches uncontrollably.

Nerve conduction tests and electromyograms help assess the functioning of nerves and muscles in the area. Imaging of the brain and spinal cord by means of computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can reveal tumors or any other abnormalities that might be responsible for compression of the facial nerve.

Treatment and preventions

Treatment

  • Medications – Periodic injections of botulinum toxin. This is the best-known treatment method for those with severe eye twitching.
  • Muscle relaxants and sedatives are prescribed to reduce the symptoms and frequency of eye twitching.
  • Surgery –Those who have a severe case of eye twitching, called benign essential blepharospasm (BEB) will need surgery. The surgical procedure will include fixing the facial nerve, fixing the muscles in the upper or lower eyelids is an effective treatment method.

Preventions 

  • Reduce your caffeine intake, make sure to try and reduce your stress levels.
  • Get it checked out in case it prolongs and get enough rest.

Facts

  • Eye twitching is scientifically called an eye spasm and blepharospasm.
  • We blink 15-20 times per minutes, 1,200 times per hour which adds up to 28,000 times per day.
  • Those who have eye twitching tend to blink up to 27 times per minute.

Facts

  • This condition is most common in middle-aged or elderly women.
  • The longest eyelash growth ever recorded is as long as 2.75 inches.
  • The eyelid is the thinnest layer of skin on the human body.

Facts

  • The human eye evolved around 500 million years ago. A camera is designed to replicate its function

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Limit your caffeine intake. Caffeine can increase the frequency of muscular contractions, including those in your eyelids.
Just like caffeine, stress is a big factor that impacts muscular contractions. When you are stressed, your muscles get more strained as a result of which you can easily get facial tics and even eye twitching.
Another reason for eye twitching could be too much screen time. This increases eye fatigue, distorts vision, gives headaches, and also leads to eye twitching. You must take regular breaks from continuous screen time and ensure your eyes get adequate relaxation Many studies now reveal that there is a strong link between tobacco consumption and constant eye twitching. Caffeine, stress, and smoking – all of these are largely responsible for frequent eye twitching and the associated headaches.
If your eye twitching has been continuing for a longer duration (for weeks), it might be an indicator of an underlying medical condition such as restricted blood flow to the facial region and/or a neurological issue. You must see a doctor if you have prolonged eye twitching.
Warm compress and light massaging of the eyelids can help get rid of eye twitching. Try to get ample rest if you feel your eyes are constantly twitching. You can also use OTC topical antihistamine eye drops to obtain relief from frequent eye twitching.
Scientists believe that anxiety and stress can trigger eye twitching. Other causes of eye twitching are - excess caffeine intake, muscle fatigue, too much screen time, and at times, electrolyte imbalance within the body.
Try getting some rest. Apply warm compress lightly on your eyelids. Switch off your phone and give your eyes some rest. In case, the twitching remains persistent, it would be wise to consult a doctor.

 

Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • If the spasm tends to continue for more than a few days, visit a doctor to understand if it is something else. For instance, eye twitching for a prolonged period of time could be an indication of parkinson’s, a brain or nerve disorder or the need for a new pair of glasses.
  • If it is just a momentary twitch, blink a few times.
  • Visit a doctor if your upper eyelid shuts every time there’s a twitch.
Don'ts
  • Neglect your sleep pattern.
  • Drink too much caffeine.
  • Smoke or consume alcohol.

 

 

 

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Eating Disorders: Lifestyle choice or a psychological condition? Is eating disorder just a harmless bad habit? Or does it represent grim psychological disorders? Do you want…
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Garlic: Nature’s white pill as an effective home remedy What are the secrets hidden in these tiny white pills? Find out the immense health benefits of using…
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Black Seed Oil: What secret benefits could it bestow on your health? Black seeds or nigella seeds are tiny packets of health brimming with amazing benefits. Find out why should…
Cordyceps: How the Caterpillar fungus works as a proven cancer-shield Strange as it may sound, but cordyceps or "caterpillar fungus", a fungus variety native to the Himalayas may…
GM Diet: The fastest way to lose weight or yet another hoax diet? General Motors started this trend of extreme dieting for 7 straight days to ensure its employees were able…
Tart Cherry: The healthiest excuse for taking that second serving of pie Tart cherry has been traditionally used in delectable desserts such as pies. Recent studies have revealed that its…
Oxalates: How healthy greens can sometimes be bad news for your kidneys Oxalates are compounds present in a majority of healthy foods. However, at times an overconsumption of these could…
How to scrub away stress and fatigue with an Epsom salt bath? Epsom salt is a popular home remedy for many skin ailments. Though there is a lack of scientific…
6 arguments in favour of glucosamine and where can you find it Studies have shown that glucosamine works by preventing the breakdown of cartilage of the joints. This is usually…
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Electroencephalogram – EEG EEG or electroencephalogram is a diagnostic tool used to access the functioning of neurons and brain activity to…
Chest X-Ray A chest x-ray is a diagnostic test that uses x-rays to visualize the structures inside your chest. It…
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Liver Function Test – LFT LFT or Liver Function Test is a blood test used to determine the levels of hepatic enzymes which…
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Endomysial Antibodies (EMA) Test EMA test is an investigative blood examination to locate the presence of certain antibodies, called Endomysial antibodies or…
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Thyroid Scan Thyroid scan is a diagnostic procedure that aims to view the thyroid gland and detect any growths or…
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Apolipoprotein -A1 (APO-A1) Test Apolipoprotein A-I (Apo-A1) constitutes 70% of protein content in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and helps in lipid metabolism.
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Beta 2 Glycoprotein 1 IgG Beta 2 glycoprotein 1 antibody test involves detecting and measuring the presence of the IgG class of beta…
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Androstenedione Test Androstenedione is produced by the adrenal gland, the test of the levels of Androstenedione helps in the evaluation…
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Ureteroscopy Ureteroscopy is the diagnostic procedure which is used for the detection of the kidney stones in addition to…
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Carrageenan: How a simple seaweed extract could better your gut health & immunity Eat more ice cream to prevent cold and flu? –With carrageenan you get one simple seaweed extract that…
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Occupational Hazards: How to vouch for your health at your workplace Occupational hazards affect millions worldwide. Chemical spills, faulty wires, deadly pathogen, and work-stress can happen anytime. Follow these…
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Jack In the Box : The perils of surging fast food culture in the USA Jack in the Box - How a culture of fast-food can clog your arteries, weaken your heart, fatten…
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Nutritional Yeast : How can a fungi culture be good for your body? Nutritional yeast: How a simple culture of fungi can transform your skin, digestion, immunity , and much more.…
Anhedonia: Does the chronic inability to feel joy affect you too? How often do you feel dragged down by an invisible force? Do you feel an inexplicable emotional numbness…
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Water Chestnuts: The tastiest ways to include this healthy tuber in your diet Water chestnut is not a nut after all. It is a tuber (much like the potatoes) growing close…
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Troubled with ear infections? Find easy and instant home remedies here Ear infections are common in both children and adults and may lead to hearing loss if left untreated.…
Top reasons why you need to pay attention to your vitamin B6 intake Vitamin B6- An essential water-soluble vitamin. Its deficiency leads to physical changes such as sores & glossy tongue…
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14 go-to foods that are best for a complete natural liver detox Liver cleanse can be achieved by just choosing or avoiding certain types of food. Liver itself is a detoxifying…
Jicama: A fiber-rich tuber for your weight loss goals Pronouced as HEE-kah-ma, Jicama is the "new kid on the block" that has taken the world by the…
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12 easy and instant steps to successful weight loss Do you want to lose weight without losing your mind? Does weight loss always mean saying goodbye to…