You probably know it’s not the best thing in the world when your eye starts suddenly twitching. But what exactly does it mean?
Eye twitching is defined by Mayo Clinic as:
Eyelid twitching (myokymia) affects only the eyelid. It can involve either the upper or lower lid, but only one eye at a time. The eye twitching can range from barely noticeable to bothersome. The twitching usually goes away within a short time but may recur over a few hours, days or longer.
A lot of general doctors aren’t even sure what exactly is to blame for eye twitching, leading to frustration for those who have tried to seek an explanation. But thankfully, there has been extensive research done on the topic, and Mayo Clinic reports the following as reasons for the dreaded eye twitch:
- Bright lights
- Excessive caffeine
In some of these cases, you’ll find the eye twitching goes away in minutes by itself, as mysteriously as it first appeared. But there are instances in which a twitching eyelid can be a sign of something far more than poor lifestyle choices like smoking or drinking too much.
The following symptoms related to eye twitching are indicative of something you may wish to check up on with an eye doctor:
- Twitching lasting more than one week
- Twitching that causes the eye to completely close
- Twitching that extends to the rest of the face
- Discharge from your eyes
- If the upper eyelid begins to droop
What To Do About It
First of all, you’ll want to make sure your eye twitching is not a result of anything like ALS, so checking in with an eye doctor is advised if you’re experiencing persistent twitching.
If it is determined that your twitching is most likely related to your lifestyle, it would be wise to reduce things like coffee intake, alcohol consumption and stressful situations.
Check out this post containing information on teas you can use to help.
You can learn more from the video below!
(h/t: My Healthy Life)