An eye twitch, also known as myokymia, is an involuntary spasm of the eyelids. While most eye twitches last only a few minutes, some persist for several days or even weeks.
Fortunately, although annoying, most eye twitches are minor and aren’t a symptom of something serious.
Important note: The following information should not be construed as medical advice; always see your eye doctor before trying any home remedies.
5 Ways to Stop Your Eye From Twitching
While an eye twitch often stops on its own, many people have reported finding relief by following these tips:
Use a warm compress
Applying a warm compress to the upper eyelid area can relax the muscles around the eyes and reduce spasms.
Eyelid twitching has been linked to stress, so reducing stress may be the solution. Try to delegate duties to others, schedule time to unwind every day, engage in stress-relieving hobbies and employ stress-reducing strategies such as breathing exercises or mindfulness.
Caffeine is found in tea, coffee, some soft drinks, and chocolate, and it can cause or worsen eyelid twitching in some people. Try reducing or eliminating caffeine consumption gradually.
Get enough sleep
Sometimes, all it takes is a nap to stop the twitching of your eyelids. It's also a good idea to obtain adequate sleep each day by sticking to a regular sleeping and waking routine.
Address dry eyes
Eyelid twitching can be caused by dry, irritated, or gritty eyes. If hydrating eye drops don’t help, or if they provide only temporary relief, schedule a visit with your eye doctor.
While most eye twitches are merely a nuisance, speak to your eye doctor if you’re experiencing frequent and/or prolonged eye twitching; if half your face (including your eyelids) move abnormally; or if you can't open your eyes because your eyelids are clamped together.
These could be signs of a serious health condition.
Contact EYEcenter Optometric in Citrus Heights to learn more about eye twitching and what else you can do to prevent it from occurring.
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Can an eye twitch be a sign of a more serious condition?
In rare cases, eyelid spasms are a symptom of a serious nerve or brain disorder. Eyelid twitches due to underlying medical conditions are nearly always accompanied by additional symptoms. These conditions include multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease and Bell's palsy.
What causes an eye twitch?
Eye strain, eye fatigue, stress, caffeine and alcohol consumption can all trigger eyelid spasms.