While twitches eventually go away on their own, to help speed along the process, apply a hot compress on the eye for 30 seconds to suppress the twitch.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
Brain and Nervous System
A Answers (3)
An eye twitch is the involuntary movement of the eyelid every few seconds. Typically, the lower lid twitches, but the upper lid can also twitch. Lasting for only a minute or so at a time, eye twitches come and go. While not necessarily a serious condition, eye twitches can certainly be annoying and bothersome, particularly when they repeat over the course of several weeks. In some cases, an eye twitch can be an early indicator of a more serious movement disorder. If other facial spasms develop, seek medical attention.
Most likely, an eye twitch results from environmental or behavioral factors that can readily be changed. Stress is a common cause of eye twitching, so if you know that your stress level has increased consider focusing on relaxation, which has other health benefits. You might think of an eye twitch as your body's way of telling you to decompress.
Fatigue and caffeine are also causes of eye twitching, as is prolonged eye strain. Think about your daily routine; if you can't go without several cups of coffee in the morning, try to cut back slowly and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Also, try to prioritize getting sufficient rest each night. And if you sit in front of a computer all day, take visual breaks several times per hour, relaxing your eyes and allowing them to focus on something distant in your field of vision.
If you experience ongoing, uncontrollable eyelid movement in both eyes, you might have benign essential blepharospasm. In this case, you might develop dry eyes, light sensitivity, or pink eye. If you notice that the twitching doesn't stop after about threeweeks, if you have other facial twitches, if your eyes are red, swollen, or have discharge, or if your eye closes completely with each twitch, consult a physician.
Integrative Health Solution: