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Why is My Eyelid Twitching? What Does It Mean!?

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Although there’s an official name for eyelid twitches ― myokymia ― nobody really knows for sure what causes it. Usually, you’ll experience these benign, involuntary twitches in your eyelid, and you won’t be able to make them stop. The lid usually moves every few seconds for a minute or two. Sometimes, it happens in both eyes at the same time.

Eye twitches are typically harmless and painless, and they simply go away on their own, with time. But if the spasms are very strong or persist for a long period, we recommend to book an eye exam at one of our optometry offices in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Greenspoint, Kingwood and Houston. Our eye doctor will evaluate your condition to check that it’s not due to a more serious condition.

What are the most common causes of eye twitches?

  • Alcohol intake
  • Bright light
  • Excess caffeine
  • Fatigue
  • Irritation of the eye surface or inner eyelids
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Wind or air pollution

What should I do if my eye twitches don’t go away?

Eye twitches that persist for a long time can have severe effects on your quality of life and interfere with vision. They may point to an eye condition that can be treated, such as blepharitis, light sensitivity, dry eyes or pink eye.

Very rarely, eye twitches are a sign of a brain or nerve disorder, or they are a side effect of certain medications.

Also, there are different types of eye twitches. For example, one type is benign essential blepharospasm, which can appear in adulthood and deteriorate gradually. As it worsens, you may have facial spasms that keep your eyes shut for up to a few hours. This condition is a movement disorder believed to result from a mix of genetic and environmental factors.

If your eye twitches don’t resolve on their own within a few weeks, consult with our eye doctors in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Greenspoint, Kingwood and Houston.

At Eye Trends, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 936-206-7366 or book an appointment online to see one of our Conroe eye doctors.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

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As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

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Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.

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