Have you ever had your eye suddenly twitch? It’s annoying and it makes you feel like something is wrong with you.
But we never knew where this vibration in our eyes came from. In fact it is not the vibration of your eyes, but of the eyelid muscles.
The twitching usually resolves on its own. So your eye does not move at all, but it is about the movement of the eyelid.
Eyelid tremor is quite common and usually there is no need to worry, says dr. Ming Wang.
Dr. Ming Wang is a world-know eye surgeon with specialties in 3D bladeless all-laser LASIK and laser cataract.
The condition of temporary or prolonged eye tremor is called eyelid myocardial infarction. And is the result of an involuntary misdirection of neurons that stimulate your eyelid muscles.
So what causes these eye twitches?
The causes of twitching eyes can be different. They differ from lack of sleep, alcohol, stress and even dehydration.
There are some common reasons why our eyelids twitch. And they are:
- Excess caffeine
- Eye strain
- Dry eyes
- Problems with eating
In a very few cases, eye twitching can be a sign of certain brain and nerve disorders.
But in those cases the twitching is accompanied by other signs and symptoms.
You might need to seek medical attention if the twitching lasts for a long time (one to three weeks). If the twitching occurs in other parts of the face and the eyes are red, swollen or oozing, says dr. Hardik Soni, founder and medical director of Ethos Spa.
How to stop eye twitching?
The obvious answer is to eliminate the possible causes of eye twitches. But in order to do that, you will need to find out what the culprit is.
Below is a list of how to prevent eye twitching:
If you’ve had a few restless nights in a row, you will need to get more sleep. By not sleeping enough, you are disturbing the natural order of your body, thus creating various problems. It is best if you create a healthy sleeping schedule to follow. By having and following a sleep schedule, you get used to getting enough sleep. This way, you will prevent eye twitching, as well as many different problems that stem from not getting enough sleep.
By lowering your caffeine intake you make it easier for twitching to go away. Coffee is good for you as an energy booster, but if you drink more than the necessary amount, it can be very harmful. Since coffee is a very energizing drink, it makes the muscles hyperactive. And the same goes for eye muscles. If you drink less coffee, you will prevent eye twitching.
Keep your eyes hydrated
Sometimes, our eyes get dried out, and this might be the reason why they twitch. What you can do to prevent this, is start using hydrating eyedrops.
There are many hydrating eye drops that you can get over the counter. They’re fairly inexpensive but highly effective. By putting a drop or two into your eyes when they feel dry, they will automatically be more hydrated. Hence, less twitching.
Stress is the main reason why your eyes twitch. Whatever you can do to reduce stress, with majorly impact the teaching of the eyes. You can try by meditating. Just a few minutes of meditation per day can have a great influence on stress. And if you’re not into meditation. Do not worry, there are a few other ways to reduce stress. Try to relax. whether that is by taking a relaxing bath, which we strongly recommend, or listening to relaxing music. During these relaxing moments, we tend to reduce our stress levels. As we forget about stress, we remember the good things in life and why the thing that stressed us out in the first place isn’t such a big problem after all.
If even after doing all of the above, you eyes are still twitching, you might want to take a different approach.
Luckily there are a few things that you can do at home to stop your twitching eye, or at least make it go away for a while.
Tonic is said to be a great remedy for twitching eyes. By drinking a glass of tonic water you will find some relief on your eyes. Even though this is not backed up by science, it is not anything harmful. Even if you don’t succeed in stopping your eye twitches, you will get some extra hydration into your body.
Holding a cold compress is also a great way to stop twitching of the eyes. What you can do is take a compress and put it in the freezer for a few hours, afterwards take it out and apply it on your eye. This will have a soothing effect that will stop it from twitching.
Or, if you’re in a hurry and can’t wait for a few hours, there is an option for you too. You can get a face towel, dip it into cold water. As cold as possible. Keep it there for a few seconds until it gets entirely soaked and cold. Squeeze out the excess water and apply to your eyes. Make sure your eyes are closed when you do this.
Sometimes, cold doesn’t work. This is where hot compresses come in.
They’re easier to make, as it doesn’t require you to wait for a few hours. You can just pop one into a microwave, microwave it for a few seconds and apply it directly. However you might need to do this a few times for the twitching of the eye to stop. As hot compresses tend to cool off very fast. Try and reapply it 2 to 3 times and see if you have any results.
A more extreme approach involves botox, says dr. Wang. This is only to be used as a last resort. If you can’t get your eye twitches to stop for a longer period of time, you might consider botox. However this is only against drastic measures, seeing as this situation resolves itself after a while.
If you can’t wait for your eye twitches to stop, you could make an appointment with your eye doctor. After consulting them, you will get a proper diagnosis and then get botox. But only if it is absolutely needed and nothing else works.
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