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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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