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    What is causing my eyes to twitch?

    Eye twitching isn’t uncommon, but if you find your eye feeling a little twitchier than normal, you’re probably turning to the internet for help. We’ve all had our fair share of eye twitches and Payne Glasses is here to remove the mystery around the twitch.

    Common Triggers

    Most eyelid twitching is benign, but there are some common triggers that can cause the incessant muscle spasms. If you find your eyes twitching more than usual, peek at the list below to see if any of the common triggers could be the culprit:

      • Alcohol
      • Bright light / sun exposure
      • Caffeine
      • Fatigue
      • Irritation of the eye
      • Smoking
      • Stress
      • Air pollution
      • Wind

    If your eye twitching is caused by an external factor like bright light, air pollution or wind, a pair of sunglasses can offer the protection you need to stop the twitch. Safety glasses can help protect against eye irritation while getting enough sleep and avoiding alcohol, caffeine and other dietary triggers can also help.

    Eye Disorders

    While most causes of eye twitching are completely harmless and resolve themselves quickly, benign essential blepharospasm is a movement disorder that affects the muscles around the eye. While the cause of the condition is unknown, it’s believed to be linked to a malfunction of the nervous system. It is estimated that between 20,000 and 50,000 Americans have essential blepharospasm eye twitching.

    Those who have benign essential blepharospasms sometimes also develop Meige syndrome. Meige syndrome causes forceful spams of the eyes, lower face and jaw. Like essential blepharospasms, the exact cause of Meige syndrome is unknown, but it is believed to involve the brain’s basal ganglia.

    Another type of disorder that can cause eye twitching is a hemifacial spasm. This type of muscle spasm is caused by a small artery irritating a facial nerve. If your eye twitching is caused by a hemifacial spasm, it will resolve itself, but could come back regularly. Your doctor can diagnose a hemifacial spasm.

    An eyelid myokymia may be behind your eye twitching. This condition usually only involves one eye and is a less forceful type of twitch.

    Many other conditions can also cause eyelid twitching, including blepharitis, conjunctivitis, eye injuries, dry eyes, uveitis and more. Eye twitching can also be a symptom of certain brain and nervous system disorders like bell’s palsy, cervical dystonia, dystonia, Parkinson’s disease and even multiple sclerosis, so if your eye twitching is persistent, it’s a good idea to see a doctor to rule out any serious conditions.

    Side Effects

    Eye twitching can sometimes be a side effect of a drug or of wearing glasses for too long. Medications used to treat Parkinson’s disease often cause eye twitching, which can sometimes be persistent. If the eye twitching is troublesome or accompanied by other facial spasms, it’s a good idea to take to your doctor to see if medications could be causing it.

    Eye twitching is common and is normally not a cause for concern, but if you have an eye twitch that won’t stop or if you experience muscle spasms regular, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor to rule out diseases or nervous system disorders. If your eye twitching is caused by an environmental factor, simple changes and at-home care are usually enough to stop the twitching from happening.



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