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Ever wondered why your eyelid sometimes twitches?

Ever wondered why your eyelid sometimes twitches?

When a sudden pulsating eyelid and irrepressible urge to blink strike, it can leave you with an awkward air of looking like you are trying to wink at everything in sight!

But what is the actual cause of this eye twitching??

Eye twitching, or blepharospasm, occurs when the muscles or nerves around the eye are stimulated.

Here are a few reasons for this to happen: 

  • Tiredness – A lack of sleep can trigger a twitching eyelid.
  • Stress – A twitching eyelid can be a sign that you are experiencing stress. Reducing stress by exercising, or taking some off-time are among some of the ways to reduce stress.
  • General eye strain – It may also be that you need glasses, or a change of your prescription in your current glasses. It is therefore important to be sure your glasses’ prescription is up to date.
  • Eye strain due to computer work – Overuse of computers, tablets and smartphones can also cause eyelid twitching. A good habit is to, every 20 minutes, look away from the screen and focus on a distant object for about 20 seconds.  This will reduce eye muscle fatigue.  Specific computer glasses may also be necessary. An eye evaluation will confirm the need for this.
  • Dry eyes – Dry eyes are common among computer users, those taking certain medications (like antihistamines or antidepressants), contact lens wearers, and people over 50. This can also trigger eyelid twitches.  Using the correct eye drop will relieve the dry eyes.
  • Caffeine – Cutting back on coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate may also prevent or reduce twitches.
  • Alcohol – Too much alcohol has also been found to be a cause of eyelid twitching.
  • Nutritional imbalances – Some reports have suggested that a lack of magnesium can trigger eyelid spasms.
  • Allergies – Eye allergies causes the release of histamine, and evidence has indicated that histamine can cause eyelid twitching. Using the correct eye drop or tablet may again relieve the cause of the eyelid twitches.

Therefore, when you struggle with eyelid twitches, it is important to start with an extensive eye evaluation to rule out any eye strain, dry eye or allergy-related causes.  But it is also good to take note that there are other reasons why your eyelid may be twitching, as stated above.

Be blessed and always remember to “Focus on the good and you will see the things worth seeing”!

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