Eye twitching effects nearly everyone at some point in time. These uncontrollable movements of the eyelid can be frustrating and pinpointing a cause is not always easy. Asking yourself “why is my eye twitching?” is the first step in isolating a cause and getting the twitching to stop. Twitching can manifest as a right eye twitch, a left eye twitch, or more rarely, both.

Causes of eye twitching

In most cases, eye twitching is not indicative of any serious condition, it is simply the result of an external stimulant. Possible causes include the following:

  • Stress
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Tiredness
  • Allergies
  • Nutritional imbalances
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Strain
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Bright Light
  • Smoking

How to stop eye twitching

The best way to stop your eye twitch is to isolate and address the cause of the twitch. While this can be a challenge, it is best to look over the list above and select the most likely causes based upon your lifestyle. For example, if you are feeling more tired than usual, try to treat the twitch by addressing that issue first.

Stress related twitching: If you suspect that extreme stress may be to blame for your eye twitch, take some time to de-stress and practice self-care. Doing breathing exercises, yoga, relaxing with a good book, and exercising are all good ways to de-stress – but do whatever works best to relieve your own personal stress.

Alcohol related twitching: Alcohol consumption has been linked to eye twitches, so if your intake has been heavy, try abstaining from alcohol for a period of time and see if your eye twitch resolves itself.

Fatigue related twitching: Extreme fatigue and tiredness can lead to eye twitching. Catching up on your sleep just might clear up your twitch as well as leaving you feeling refreshed.

Allergy related twitching: Allergies often irritate the eyes. If you suspect that this may be contributing to your eye twitch, be sure to take your allergy medication as prescribed, or see your doctor.

Nutrition related twitching:  There have been some studies linking nutritional deficiencies to increased eye twitching. If you feel that your diet may not be providing all of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs, it is a good idea to see out a nutritionist to investigate this option further.

Dry eye related twitching: Dry eye syndrome is a common eye problem that can manifest, in part, through eye twitching. Make sure that your eyes are well lubricated with drops and by blinking regularly to prevent this from causing twitching.

Twitching caused by eye strain: Eye strain can occur as a result of an incorrect eye prescription, or as a result of too much time in front of a screen. Make sure that your prescription is up to date, and that you are wearing computer glasses and practicing proper eye care to avoid computer eye strain.

Caffeine related twitching: Excessive caffeine intake can cause eye twitching. Abstaining from coffee, soda, and other sources of caffeine may clear up your twitch.

Twitching caused by bright light: Protecting your eyes from bright lights, particularly sunlight when in snowy environments or out on the water can relieve eye twitching. Make sure to wear sunglasses with complete UV protection.

Smoking related twitching: Smoking can lead to an increased risk of eye twitching. If you suspect that this could be the cause of your twitch, cut out smoking for a period of time and see if the twitch clears up.

If your eye twitch does not clear up with the elimination of these potential irritants and lasts for more than a few days to a week, it may be time to visit your doctor. In rare cases, an eye twitch can be an indication of a more serious condition. See your doctor right away if the twitch is affecting other parts of your body or face as well as your eye, if your eye closes completely while twitching and is difficult to open, or if there is any discharge accompanying the twitch.

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