What Causes Eye Twitching?

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What Causes Eye Twitching? | First Eye Care McKinney

An eye twitch can be extremely frustrating, no doubt about it.

One of the most common questions we get is what causes eye twitching and whether it is something you should be concerned about. Today we are going to look at some of the most common causes of eye twitching, as well as some tips for how to stop it on your own.

What is Eye Twitching? 

An eye twitch occurs when your eyelid involuntary blinks, known as myokymia, this could happen just once or several times throughout the day. In severe cases, it may even affect your vision. This occurs when there are issues with either the facial muscle that closes your eyelid or the one that lifts it up. If there is a problem with one or both of these muscles, it may cause your eye to twitch.

Generally harmless, an eyelid twitch can be irritating and sometimes disconcerting, especially if it continues throughout the day or for several days. If your eye twitch is persistent and does not go away in a day or two, it may be time to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with your First Eye Care McKinney optometrist.

Most Common Causes of Eye Twitching  

If you are someone who experiences frequent eye twitching, it could be from a condition called benign essential blepharospasm, which can lead to problems with the muscles around the eye. While researchers are still unsure of the exact cause of eye twitching, it may be linked to problems with the basal ganglia, which is part of the brain.

Some of the most common triggers that may lead to one or both eyes twitching includes:

  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Eye strain
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Dry eyes
  • Nutrition problems
  • Allergies

Is eye twitching a sign of something more serious? 

There are also a handful of rare conditions that may cause eye twitching, such as:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Brain damage from a stroke
  • Allergic reaction to certain medications
  • A nervous system disorder called Meige syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Bell palsy

However, these conditions usually have other symptoms, so an eye twitch does not necessarily mean you have any of the above.

Symptoms of eye twitching 

While eyelid spasms are of course the most obvious signs of an eye twitch, you may also notice these other symptoms:

  • Eye irritation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Dry eyes
  • Increased rate of blinking
  • Vision problems
  • Facial spasms 

How do you stop eye twitching? 

One of the most effective ways to treat eye twitching is with over-the-counter eye drops. To know which will be best for this condition, call First Eye Care McKinney today.

We recommend reducing your caffeine intake and getting as much rest as possible. In most cases, doing these two things have been known to alleviate the symptoms mentioned above. In the event your eye continues to twitch, it may be time to see a doctor. If your eye twitching lasts longer than a week or if you notice any other symptoms, such as discharge or facial spasms.

To learn more about eye twitching or to discuss any concerns with your optometrist, please contact First Eye Care McKinney today.

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