Why is My Eyelid Twitching?
The occasional eye twitch is normal and not a sign of any severe health problems. An eye twitch is the involuntary, abnormal spasm of the eyelid muscle. In most people, eyelid twitching usually lasts for a few days or weeks. However, in some people, eye twitching happens more frequently and lasts for a very long time.
What causes eye twitching?
Most eyelid spasms resolve on their own without any treatment. In rare cases, eyelid spasms may be a sign of a movement disorder, which causes involuntary muscle movement. If eyelid twitching lasts longer than a few weeks and you are experiencing facial spasms, please schedule an appointment with a physician. You should also schedule an appointment if:
- Your eyelid completely closes with each twitch or you have difficulty opening the eye
- Your eye is red or swollen or has discharge
- Your eyelids are drooping
However, most eyelid twitches are triggered by:
- Light sensitivity
- Air pollution
- Medication side effects
How to treat eye twitching?
Eyelid twitches are painless but annoying at times. You may not need any treatment from a physician for your eye twitching. However, there are things you can do to reduce the symptom. First, reduce your stress. This is usually the main cause of eye twitching. Take a break from stressful activities by relaxing, going on a walk, meditating or listening to soothing music. Also, get plenty of rest and create a healthy bedtime routine. Other tips include:
- Limit caffeine and alcohol intake
- Quit smoking
- Wear sunglasses outside
- Use eye drops to soothe dry eyes
- Take a break from reading or looking at a screen
If you are experiencing chronic or severe eye twitching, please contact a physician. Click here to schedule an appointment today.