Many of us have experienced eyelid twitches and know how annoying it can be. An eyelid twitch (or tic) is when you have a spasm or slight movement of your upper or lower eyelid. It can happen unexpectedly, lasting for minutes, hours, or even days! For those experiencing a twitch, it can feel as though everyone can see it, but typically they are slight enough that someone looking at your face wouldn’t notice it.
Most common eyelid twitches are harmless and do not affect your vision. However, some twitches can be a sign of neurological problems that make the eyelid contract, such as blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm. These less common conditions generally tend to cause the eyelids to involuntarily close more fully and for longer periods of time, limiting or completely blocking vision with other muscles in the face potentially affected as well.
For most of us, an eyelid twitch is an occasional but brief annoyance. When it lasts longer or occurs more frequently than usual, here are some steps you can take to make it go away:
Settle in for a snooze
Eyelid twitches often happen to people when they are overly tired. Try to get some restorative sleep.
Step back from stress
Being under stress can lead to a twitch. If you can’t eliminate something causing you stress, find stress-reducing activities to help get rid of the twitch, like deep breathing and exercise.
Cut back on caffeine
As a stimulant, too much caffeine can cause eyelid spasms. Limiting your coffee, tea or soda intake may help to reduce eyelid twitching.
“Moisturize” the eyes
In some cases, having irritated or dry eyes can lead to eyelid spasms. Talk with your ophthalmologist if you have ongoing eyelid twitching and gritty, uncomfortable eyes.
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