Involuntary shuddering of the eyelid or simply eye twitching is harmless and common. It can last only for a few minutes however, in rare cases, it might persist for a day or two or even longer which is a cue to visit an eye doctor and have it analysed.
“Myokymia” is the medical term associated to eye twitch. Frequent or persistent twitching of the eye can be a sign of underlying serious neurological disorder directly affecting the eyelid like blepharospasm or hemifacial spasm.
These are indeed rare conditions hence more obvious and severe than any other common eye anomalies hence must be quickly evaluated by the doctor or eye specialist.
Eye twitching can be triggered by any one or a combination of the following:
- Eye strain due to lack of sleep or shuteye
- Excess intake of caffeine, alcohol or malnutrition
- Dry Eyes
- Lack of care post retinopathy of prematurity treatment if such has already happened at the time of birth
If you experience twitching in the eye, closely observe on any of the symptoms listed above, consult the doctor who’s likely to recommend dietary and lifestyle changes that can significantly reduce the risk or even cure it completely.
Stress is one of the most common causes of eye twitching but lifestyle changes can reduce or even cure it completely. Breathing exercises, yoga, social activities and some extra downtime in your already tough schedule can have optimistic results to ward off stress.
Lack of sleep for any reason also causes involuntary eye twitching which makes cure all the more obvious, that is taking plenty of sleep.
- Eye Strain
Although can be due to lack of sleep, most common cause is overuse of digital devices like computers, smartphones, tablets and more. Follow the rule of “20-20-20” which means resting the eyes after every 20-minutes of using digital devices, focus on an object at a particular distance for at least 20 seconds or longer. Wear specialised computer glasses but only after doctor’s recommendation.
- Excessive Intake of Alcohol & Caffeine
Too much caffeine and alcohol intake can trigger eye twitching so all it takes is exercising a little self-control and have the eye twitching cured without any medication.
- Dry Eyes
After the age of 50, most of the adults experience dry eyes however; it’s also common among excessive computer users, addicted to medicines such as antidepressants and antihistamines, contact lens wearers and caffeine, alcohol consumers.
Malnutrition of body essential minerals such as magnesium triggers eyelid spasms and though not a conclusive report, it might just be another cause if eye twitching. If you’re concerned with the diet and essential nutrient supply for a healthy vision, always discuss with the eye doctor before purchasing all by yourself.
People with certain eye allergies or even children who’ve had their retinopathy of prematurity treatment in childhood, lack of aftercare can cause itching, swelling, tearing and even twitching in the eye.