Earlier this week I was in a meeting with some coworkers when one of them mentioned they had an eye twitch that wouldn’t go away. Then another friend said it was “eye twitch season” and that all her friends were getting them too!
Immediately, I thought…. Perfect blog idea!
So why do we get eye twitches?
Well, it’s not entirely known why we get them, but most doctors most commonly attribute them to three things; fatigue, stress, and caffeine. Any single one of these or combination of the three can lead to the ridiculous eye twitch.
The thought is that it’s basically overstimulation of the eye muscles. The overstimulation results in the involuntary twitching that usually lasts for a minute or two.
For the most part, eye twitches are harmless and should go away within a matter of days. If they persist for more than a week, cause problems with your vision, start to impact other facial muscles, or cause your eyelids to droop, you should make an appointment to see your doctor immediately.
Very rarely, eye twitches can indicate a more serious problem such as Dystonia, MS, Bells’ Palsy, or Tourette’s. Again, if the twitching remains constant, increases in frequency, or persists more than a week, please seek medical attention.
But again, the overwhelming majority of eye twitches are benign and not cause for any concern. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following strategies to help make that eye twitch go away.
• Get more sleep – People are more prone to eye twitching when they are overly tired. Get a good night of rest and see if that helps.
• Reduce your caffeine – Caffeine is a stimulant and believed to contribute to eye twitching. Cut back on the coffee, soda, and tea.
• Cut back the stress – Easier said then done, but it’s one of the biggest things you can do to stop the eye twitching. Studies confirm time and time again that those with higher stress levels are more prone to eye twitching.
• Moisturize your eyes – One last thing you can try is to use some moistening eye drops because in some cases dry eyes help contribute to eye twitching.
Earlier this year, I had a good week full of them. It was quite a surprise to me because I had never had an eye twitch before. Out of nowhere, I was repeatedly getting them on my right eye and after about a week, they stopped.
Thankfully, they haven’t returned but if they do, I’m ready to get a good night of sleep, chill on the coffee, ease up on the stress, and get some eye drops. Lol.