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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:
- Massage the twitch muscle with your finger for 15 seconds.
- Usually there are other muscles that twitch like leg cramps, so take 500mg of magnesium citrate capsule daily.
- If you have headaches, massage the knot at the back of your neck for release.
Eye twitching is causes blepharospasm. There are many causes of eye twitching. The common ones are alcohol, caffeine, fatigue, lack of sleep, physical exertion, smoking, stress, and irritation to the eye or eyelid. Chronic causes include inflamed eyelids, dry eyes, light sensitivity, and pink eye. Very rarely there are more serious causes from brain and nerve disorders, which include Bell's palsy, dystonia, Parkinsonism, Tourette's and side effects from medicine for epilepsy and psychosis.
Though a lot of people think that twitching eyes are caused by stress or fatigue, the real hidden cause is dry eyes. When eyes are too dry, you involuntarily start blinking to keep them moisturized. After a while, the blinking triggers your nerves and tricks the brain into making your eyes twitch even more.
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.
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