Anyone who has ever had a twitching eye or eyelid knows how irritating it can be. Thankfully, it is usually a temporary occurrence and is not typically a sign of a serious condition. However, if your eye has been twitching for several days or even several weeks, you might want to investigate the condition further. Establishing the cause of your twitching eye may help you alleviate the symptoms.
Common Reasons the Eye Twitches
- Stress. Everyone reacts differently to stress. Often, the body can have a physical reaction to it. If you have an eye twitch, identifying and managing the cause of your stress may help alleviate the twitch.
- Exhaustion. If you have not slept well the night before and your eye is twitching, a lack of sleep might be the culprit behind your eye twitch. Getting some quality shuteye may help correct a twitching eye or eyelid.
- Visual Strain. Eye strain can happen for a variety of reasons; for example, if your vision prescription is outdated or you work on a computer or tablet all day long. If you have an eye twitch that persists for more than one week, schedule an appointment with an eye doctor to rule out a change in your vision prescription. If you stare at a computer for several hours a day, try giving your eyes a break every so often by focusing on something that is 20 feet away, every 20 to 30 minutes, for a few minutes at a time.
- Alcohol and Caffeine Consumption. Some experts assert that consuming too much alcohol or caffeine can trigger an eye twitch. If you regularly consume either substance (or both), you might want to try cutting back to see if that relieves your eye twitch.
- Dry Eyes. Having dry eyes could be what is causing your twitching eye, especially if you work on a computer, wear contact lenses or take antihistamines for allergies. If this sounds familiar, schedule an eye exam so your eye doctor can perform a dry eye evaluation and recommend an appropriate treatment option.
- Allergies. Allergies can lead to swollen, itchy or watery eyes. Often, individuals with allergies rub their eyes to help relieve the symptoms. Rubbing the eyes releases histamine into the eyelid tissues, which has been shown to trigger eyelid twitching. If you think this might be happening to you, see your eye doctor, who can suggest suitable treatment options.
Still Suffering From a Twitching Eye?
If you have tried to identify the cause of your twitching eye to no avail, you should schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable ophthalmologist at Yaldo Eye Center. He or she can evaluate your eye health and confirm that your twitching eye is not a symptom of a rare but serious neurological condition, such as blepharospasm or hemifacial spasm.
To schedule an appointment with a highly experienced ophthalmologist to examine the health of your eyes, please contact Yaldo Eye Center by calling (800) 398-3937.