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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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Have you ever wondered what it means when someone says you have “20/20 vision”? You’re definitely not alone! This is one of the most common questions we get asked on a daily basis, so I’ll explain what it means.
20/20 vision is a common term used to describe normal visual acuity or clarity of vision. It is determined by testing a person’s vision at a distance of 20 feet away from a visual target of a specific size. So if someone has 20/20 vision, it means that they are able to see a specific target 20 feet away in the distance.
Economy Optical is pleased to announce the addition of the Tiffany & Co. eyewear collection to our Optical. Stop by the Optical to see the latest styles and designs!
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We love eye health, and we love fashion. So it’s a natural fit for us to announce that you can now buy TOMS eyewear in Toronto – right at our clinic.
Our optical is proud to be a carrier of TOMS Eyewear. While you may know TOMS for their trendy and charitable footwear, they also have a line of glasses and sunglasses that live by the company’s One for One model. TOMS Eyewear is stylish, well-crafted, and innovative in design with a wide range of styles for men, women, and kids.
Since 1984 our Optical has accepted old prescription glasses and sunglasses for donation for developing countries. We are pleased to continue this tradition by sending all donations to those in need.
If you are interested in donating your glasses or prescription sunglasses, please let someone from our Staff know. Please note no purchase is required to participate in this program.
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Whenever you’re out enjoying the sunshine, it’s crucial you wear sunglasses. Many people are aware of the harmful effects of UV radiation on the skin, however, very few realize the dangerous effects it can have on our eyes.There are different types of UV radiation; the 2 types that predominantly affect our eyes are UV-A and UV-B, both of which can have short term, as well as long term effects.
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We are pleased to announce that our frames selection for the ODSP and First Nation / Inuit Vision Coverage Programs continue to expand.
We are committed to providing all of our customers with the best experience possible.
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Our Optical is proud to carry the TOMS optical and sunglass collection.
Optical frames that improve your sight and help restore sight to an individual by supporting a full eye exam and sight-saving surgery, prescription glasses or medical treatment.