Eyelid spasm; Eye twitch; Blepharospasm; Twitch - eyelid
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The most common things that make the muscle in your eyelid twitch are fatigue, stress, and caffeine. Once spasms begin, they may continue off and on for a few days. Then, they disappear. Most people experience this type of eyelid twitch on occasion and find it very annoying. In most cases, you won't even notice when the twitch has stopped.
More severe contractions, where the eyelid completely closes, are possible. These can be caused by irritation of the surface of the eye (cornea) or the membranes lining the eyelids (conjunctiva).
Sometimes, the reason your eyelid is twitching cannot be identified. This form of eyelid twitching lasts much longer, is often very uncomfortable, and can also cause your eyelids to close completely.
In addition to having repetitive, uncontrollable twitching or spasms of your eyelid (usually the upper lid), you may be very sensitive to light or have blurry vision.
Signs and tests
Eyelid twitching usually disappears without treatment. In the meantime, the following steps may help:
Get more sleep.
Drink less caffeine.
Lubricate your eyes with eye drops.
If twitching is severe, small injections of Botulinum toxin can temporarily cure the spasms.
For additional information and support, see www.blepharospasm.org (Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation). They can be reached at 409-832-0788.
The twitches usually stop within a week.
Permanent eye injury from unrecognized cornea injury is possible, but rare.
Calling your health care provider
Call your primary care physician or eye doctor (ophthalmologist) if:
Your eyelid twitching does not go away within one week.
The twitching involves other parts of your face.
You have redness, swelling, or a discharge from your eye.
The twitching completely closes your eyelid.
Your upper eyelid is drooping .
Myokymia is a word that better describes a simple eye twitch, like the small muscle twitch underneath the eye mentioned by the first two posters.
I'm here because I'm experiencing the same thing..lower right eyelid has been twitching pretty much constantly for just over a week.
I've found putting together a few of the above comments, very helpful in understanding what is going on.
I am actually going through some stress at work at the moment. When I'm out of work I leave it all behind and I am very good at that but I suppose the stress is still there even if subconsciously.
No doubt when I sort out the problem it will eventually settle down. Isn't it funny how your body deals with stress, personally I prefer this reaction to others I could think of.
I have been experiencing the lower left eyelid twitching for 2 weeks now. How do I make it stop.
magnesium it up!
Ive had the same thing, started to worry about it but seeing these messages give me peace of mind. I have been drinking alot of coffee lately and have been under alot of stress so i guess that is it.
I have been experiencing an eye lid pulse in my right eye for a week now.. I called the eye doctor and they just told me its pretty much lack of sleep or stress too, but Im still not at ease I want it to go away. Anyone have any different advice?
I get the same thing...this is my second year noticing it during my most stressful month of the year with work..
Two years ago, I was also experiencing a pulsing pain behind my left eye when I would lay down to go to sleep at night...between the twitching bottom lid & the pulsing pain...I decided best to go to an eye doctor. After her examination, she found that there was nothing wrong with my eyes...Ultimately told me the twitching was simply due to stress, and that I should try and exercise more and work on the stress...She also said the pulsing pain was most likely an Ocular Migraine caused by my job and the fact that I sometimes spend 12 to 14 hours per day sifting through data on spreadsheets and text files...
When the stress lessened the eye twitching and pain went away. Now this January they both have returned ...just as my work level and stresses with work have increased exponentially...
Stress can cause so problems in the body...it's a tough thing to avoid...and once it manifests it causes MORE stress because now you've got the symptoms that worry you...once it gets rolling, it's like a train going full speed on the tracks...it's really hard to slow it down....best thing you can do is to try to figure out how to gradually slow the train down...you will notice the symptoms dissipate and that in it'self will help reduce the stress too!!
Fresh Air...Exercise....Good Healthy Foods....Friends...Laughter....Good Deeds....all will help this annoying problem!!