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Eye Twitching and Eyelid Twitches

20 Jan

Eye twitching, eyelid tics and spasms are pretty common. Usually only the bottom lid of one eye is involved, but the top eyelid also can twitch. Most eye twitches come and go, although they can last for weeks or even months.

I once received an e-mail from a patient’s wife, who told me her left lower eyelid had been twitching for several weeks, and it was driving her crazy. Could I help?

To find a solution for eye twitching, we needed to determine the underlying cause of this annoying problem. Called myokymia in doctor lingo, these rippling muscle contractions in an eyelid can be triggered by:

  • Stress
  • Tiredness
  • Eye strain
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Dry eyes
  • Nutritional imbalances
  • Allergies

However, this kind of eye twitching also can be hard to treat. The only option for making the twitching stop may be to figure out the cause and deal with it.Almost all sudden-onset eyelid twitching is benign, meaning the condition is not serious or a sign of a medical problem.

More serious forms of eyelid twitching are caused by neurological conditions such asblepharospasm or hemifacial spasm. These conditions are much less common and should be diagnosed and treated by an eye doctor.

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