Muscle spasms or involuntary movement of the eyelid is called eye twitching. Most people have these that come on very sudden and will disappear just as fast. It’s just a nerve spasm. If the condition lasts more than several days up to a week or you have symptoms that are different than normal then it would be considered irritating and would be a grave cause of concern. In rare cases it has been known that the condition gets so bad it’s hard to open your eyes. Listed below are the causes of eye twitching and also listed are some of the treatments for this condition.
Along with the common causes of eye twitching, listed are the rare cases also.
Eye Twitches – Common causes
• Eyes that are dry
• Sensitivity to light
• Not enough sleep
• Fatigue and Stress
• Air pollution• Drinking Alcohol and caffeine
• Having a deficiency in Magnesium• Problems with vision
• Cornea Inflammation• Benign essential blepharospasm
• Inflammation of the eyelids or Blepharitis
The most common cause of twitching of the eyelids is benign essential blepharospasm. The person having this condition is likely to have twitching for a long time and it can happen in one or both eyes. It is an involuntary twitching of the eyelid muscles. If not treated it could lead to facial spasms or it could affect your vision. Children are not as likely to have this condition as adults are.
Eye Twitches – Rare Causes
Nerve disorders such as Bell’s palsy, Parkinson’s disease, etc. can sometimes carry a side effect that could cause eye twitching.
Another rare cause of twitching of the eyelids is Hemi facial spasm. This condition also affects the facial muscles but it is a neurological condition. Sometimes in very rare cases eye twitching can be caused by medications.
Twitching eyes can be a symptom of an illness besides just being irritating. Given below are some signs to tell if your condition would be bad enough to see a doctor. If you have any of the following symptoms please contact a physician as soon as possible.
• Eyelid inflammation
• Constant twitching for more than a week
• Severe spasms causes the inability to open your eyes
• Upper eyelid drooping
• Facial muscles spasms
Once in a while it’s okay to have an occasional eye twitch, with no cause for alarm. If this happens use a warm compress on the eye to stop the twitching or gently massage the eyelid. The methods of treatment will vary depending on the cause. The doctor may suggest surgery to remove the nerve responsible for the twitching if the other treatment options do not work. Sometimes the removal of the spastic muscles can help with the eye twitching.
So this means pay attention to your eyes and if you have any of the symptoms you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. If you are unsure it pays to be cautious.