Why Does My Eye Twitch!?

Well if you mean your eye lids are twitching then the reasons are simple! Your eye lid is twitching because one of the muscles in your upper/lower lid is contracting rapidly and spontaneously. Why is this happening? The most common reasons are:
  • High levels of stress
  • Caffeine
  • Lack of sleep
  • Eye strain
  • Alcohol
  • Dry eyes
  • Allergies

It can be very difficult to remove the source of our stress. We recommend finding good ways to manage the stress: yoga, exercise, breathing exercises, and making time for friends, family, and pets.
Stress and lack of sleep often go hand in hand. Though lifestyle changes are not easily implemented, we recommend getting 7-9 hours a night. If that is not possible, trying getting 1 more hour than you usually do.
Caffeine. All starting to sound related? I’m afraid the only solution is to reduce or remove caffeine from your diet.   If a total caffeine holiday is not possible, decreasing your caffeine dose, perhaps with a decaf trial may be helpful on a downward taper.  Once you notice improvement, you may gradually increase with the goal of staying below that level of caffeine you associate with resumption of eyelid twitching.
Eye strain. Now this is something we can help with! You may not be using the right prescription in your glasses. Eye the most minor vision problems can cause your eyes to strain. Please schedule an eye exam to have your vision checked. We also recommend the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes of screen time, look away for 20 second at an object and least 20 feet away. You may also benefit from glasses specifically designed to relax your eyes for your computer work. Please ask about this at your next visit.
Dry eyes. If your eyes feel gritty, are constantly watery, or you have noticed fluctuating vision, you may be suffering from dry eye that is can contribute to the major causes of the twitch. Similarly, all of the factors mentioned above may also aggravate the symptoms of dryness.
Allergies cause a release of histamines in the body which may uncommonly contribute to eye lid twitching. If you are prone to seasonal allergy symptoms, ask your primary care physician what the best treatment might be for your allergies and your eye twitching may improve!  If your allergies are isolated to your eyes, we offer ocular allergy testing to allow allergen avoidance and optimize a simple treatment regimen.
Overall, take care of yourself, moderate caffeine alcohol and sleep, be kind to your body, and get your eyes checked!

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