Eyelid Twitch: Common Causes & Prevention

LifeStyle & Health

Eye twitching or spasms are quite common. Scientifically called 'myokymia, the condition refers muscle contractions that usually involve either the lower or upper eyelid of one eye but for most people, it affects their lower eyelids.

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There are a few situations that can cause eye twitching or eyelid spasms.

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Dr Burt Dubow, a senior partner at Insight Eye Care, in Minnesota, shares the eight most common ones in his article for AllAboutVision.

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1. Stress:

When a person is under stress, it can manifest through a lot of physical ways and this includes eye twitching.

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2. Exhaustion

If you are not sleeping well, regardless of the cause, you may experience more regular episodes of a twitching eyelid.

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3. Straining on the eye

If you often have to strain your eyes due to vision problems or you're ignoring a need for glasses, your eyelids could twitch as a response to your eyes working too hard.

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4. Caffeine

Too much caffeine can trigger eye twitching. Keep in mind that apart from coffee, caffeine can also be found in tea, chocolate and some sodas.

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5. Dry eyes

As most people age, dry eyes usually become something they experience. Additionally, this condition can also be common among people who use computers for an extended period of time, take certain medications such as antihistamines and antidepressants or wear contact lenses. Apart from a twitching eyelid, another symptom of dry eyes could be when your eyes often feel gritty or dry.

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6. Nutritional imbalance

Experts have suggested that a lack of such nutrients as magnesium may trigger eyelid spasm. Keep in mind that there is no conclusive evidence of this but it can't be completely ruled out.

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7. Allergies

People who have eye allergies often experience itching or watery eyes. As they rub their eyes, histamine is released into the tissues and tears. There is some evidence that indicates that this can lead to eye twitching.

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These are only some of the causes of eye twitching. Sure, it can be very annoying but it is usually a harmless reaction to some aspect of your environment and lifestyle.

Source: AllAboutVision


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