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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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Helpful Tip for Eyes

5 May

Your eyes are under attack. A list of things that cause eye dryness and irritation includes: Low humidity, wind, cold, heat, perspiration, air pollution, chemical fumes (such as cleaning compounds), airborne bacteria, pollen, forced-air heating, air conditioning, fluorescent lighting, computer screens, aging, menopause, pregnancy, stress, smoke, dust, contact lenses, building insulation, fatigue, etc.

We are so accustomed to this assault that we often don’t even notice when our eyes are bothering us. But the daily exposure can lead to numerous eye problems.

Artificial tears and redness removers are sometimes helpful but they can be difficult to apply. These products are inserted as eyedrops that flood the eye with chemicals and wash away the complex natural protection of the eye’s tear film. These products do not provide the eyes with what they need most–a minute amount of pure water, measured in micro-liters, added to the natural tear film’s middle (aqueous) layer.

Nature’s Tears® EyemistTM from Bio-Logic Aqua Technologies Biomedical Research, unlike chemical eyedrop products, delivers an ultra-pure, ultra-fine, chemical and preservative free water mist in just the right amount to be quickly absorbed into the tear film’s middle layer without washing anything away. The mist is applied easily and works instantly. Many people who try Nature’s Tears® EyemistTM for the first time are amazed because until that moment, they didn’t realize their eyes had been bothering them.

Here’s the tip: To help prevent dry, irritated eyes in the first place, and to increase awareness of when your eyes are at risk and how to deal with it, get into the habit of carrying Nature’s Tears® EyemistTM with you, or at least keeping it in a handy place, and applying it at least four times daily. Making the application a daily habit is especially helpful to those whose occupations put their eyes at risk.