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Why Does My Eye Twitch?

Eye twitching or eyelid spasms are quite a common occurrence. Your eye twitch usually occurs only on the bottom eyelid, but sometimes the upper eyelid can also twitch. Most eyelid twitches come and go. Sometimes your eye twitch may last for weeks and sometimes months.

Today we will look at the question “why does my eye twitch” and help explain to you the causes of eye twitching, when it is serious and when it is not, and some of remedies for your eye twitch.

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Causes of Eye Twitching

These eye twitch muscle contractions can be caused by:

  1. Stress
  2. Tiredness
  3. Eye strain
  4. Caffeine
  5. Alcohol
  6. Dry eyes
  7. Nutritional imbalances
  8. Allergies

Almost all forms of eyelid twitching are not serious but they are difficult to treat. The only form of eyelid twitching treatment is to figure out what causes the twitching and deal with it.

More serious forms of eyelid twitching are caused by neurological conditions like:

  • Blepharospasms or,
  • Hemifacial spasm.

These are less common and should be treated by an eye specialist.

Why Does My Eye Twitch?

Eye Twitch Videos

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Stress: we are all under stress at times and our bodies react differently to stress. Eye twitching can be one of the signs of stress, especially if related to vision problems like eyestrain. Reducing the eyestrain can cause the twitching to stop.

Tiredness: a lack of sleep can trigger eye twitching. Catching up on some sleep can help.

Eyestrain: Vision related stress can occur if you need glasses or need a change in your glasses. Your eyes may be working too hard to give you comfortable vision and this will trigger eye twitching. Computer eyestrain is a very common cause of vision related stress.

If the eye twitching is persistent and irritating you should have an eye exam, because you may need vision correction. If you spend a lot of time in front of the computer, your optometrist may prescribe special computer glasses.

Caffeine and Alcohol: Research has shown that increased alcohol and caffeine consumption can trigger eye twitches. So, if your alcohol or caffeine (tea, coffee, cold drinks) consumption has increased, try to cut down.

Dry Eyes: Dry eyes are very common among the older population. Dry eyes are also common among computer uses, people taking certain medications (antidepressants, antihistamines), contact lens wearers and people drinking a lot of alcohol and/or caffeine. If you are tired and under stress, you may also get dry eyes. This can all lead to eye twitching. It is best to see an optometrist for dry eye evaluation as there are a lot of treatment options available.

Nutritional Imbalances: Some studies have shown that a lack of certain nutritional substances like magnesium can trigger eyelid twitching. However there is no scientific evidence of this. So always consult your doctor before adding magnesium supplements to your diet.

Allergies: Eye allergies result in itching, swelling and tearing. Rubbing the eyes, causes the release of histamine into the lid tissues and tears. It has been shown that histamine can cause eye twitching. Some doctors recommend antihistamines for eyelid twitching. However antihistamines can cause dry eyes. So it’s best to consult with your eye doctor for the best treatment for your eyes.

Eye Twitching Remedies

Most  of the time time is the remedy needed with eye twitches going away on their own.

In rare cases the eye twitching just does not go away. Some of these can be treated with botox injections which will stop the muscle contractions.

Always see your optometrist or ophthalmologist immediately if the twitching affects half your face or the entire eye, causing the lids to clamp shut.

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    Good Nutrition for Our Eyes

    The food we put into our bodies can have a huge impact on our eyes, especially later in life. Here is basic guideline on what we should be eating more of and what to avoid.

    Studies have shown that antioxidants reduce your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.

    Specific antioxidants like vitamin A protects against night-blindness and vitamin C may help prevent glaucoma.

    Essential fatty acids have been shown to help with dry eyes as well as macular damage. Read on to find out more.

    Nutrition and the Eye

    The following foods provide excellent nutrition for the eyes:

    • Vitamin A: cod liver oil, carrots, livers, butternut squash
    • Lutein and Zeaxanthin: spinach, kale, collard greens.
    • Vitamin C: sweet peppers (red or green), kale, strawberries, oranges and broccoli.
    • Bioflavonoids: citrus fruits, cherries, grapes and plums.
    • Vitamin E: sunflower seeds, hazel nuts and almonds.
    • Selenium: Brazil nuts, yeast and sea food.
    • Zinc: oysters, hamburgers, wheat, nuts.
    • Fatty acids: cold water fish (salmon, mackerel and trout).

    In general, we should eat lots of leafy green vegetables, two servings of fish per week, some nuts and lots of orange fruits and vegetables.

    Too much bad carbs can be harmful to your eyes. It causes your blood sugar to spike and this can be harmful to your eyes. Also, too much bad carbs can increase your risk of developing macular degeneration.

    Healthier carbs like high fiber fruits and vegetables are much better. Enjoy!

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