Why Does My Eye Twitch?

Posted by: Dr. Anidjar


Why is my eye twitching and how do I make it stop?!


If I had a dollar for every time I was asked this question….

Eyelid twitching is a very common issue that many of our patients ask  us about. It usually happens on the lower eyelid of one eye but  occasionally the upper eyelid can be affected as well. Twitching often  comes and goes, and unfortunately can last a few weeks, or even a few  months. The good news is that this condition is most often completely  benign, meaning it is not a serious medical problem. The bad news is  that it is annoying as $#!@!.


The medical term for an eyelid twitch is “myokymia” and it can be  caused by many different factors, but I’ll review the three most common  causes:


Stress: It’s almost impossible to live a  completely stress- free life. Daily stressors are not only common, but  are usually the norm in today’s fast pace lifestyle. Many patients tend  to experience myokymia during periods of intense stress- an unusually  long exam period, a tense divorce, or the passing of a loved one are a  few examples. In these situations things like breathing exercises, yoga,  meditation or spending time with friends and family can help alleviate  the stress that may be causing the myokymia.


Fatigue: Lack of sleep, regardless of the  cause, is associated with myokymia. Sometimes not sleeping enough is  tied to stress and anxiety, and you can attempt some of the options  suggested in the last paragraph to help alleviate the situation. Lack of  sleep can also be associated with a cold, insomnia, or even too much  excitement. Regardless of the reason, catching up on rest and sleep will  help!


Caffeine: Too much caffeine can cause  myokymia. If this is the case, try cutting down on your caffeine intake  (including coffee, tea, chocolate and soda) for a few weeks to see if  the eye twitch gets better.

As frustrating as an eyelid twitch can be, there is no quick solution  to this common problem. Addressing the root of the problem, whether  that be stress, lack of sleep or fatigue will help solve the problem!


Note:  Common eyelid twitching, as described above, should not be  confused with blepherospasm (involuntary increased blinking that leads  to spasming in both eyes) or hemifacial spasm (involuntary muscle  twitches on one side of the face), which are both less common  neurological conditions that would need to be assessed and diagnosed by  an eye care professional. If you are concerned about these, please make  an appointment to see your eye doctor. 



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