Why Do My Eyes Twitch?

eyes TwitchWhy do my eyes twitch? We’ve all had this happen at one point or another.  Maybe you stayed up late studying or perhaps you stared at your computer for hours on end.

Eye twitching is also known as an eye muscle spasm or involuntary eyelid twitching.  The technical terms for eye twitching include Blepharospasm or Myokmia in case you like knowing fun facts like that! Blepharospasm is defined as any uncontrolled eyelid twitching caused by muscle contractions around the eyes.  

Eye twitching can occur under the eye or in the upper eyelid and it can affect the right or left eye.  Eye twitching causes include Benign Essential Blepharospasm (which isn’t harmful), dry eyes, Tourette’s syndrome and strained eyes. Eye twitching should not be confused with drooping eyes which requires serious medical attention as soon as possible.

Keep your eyes hydrated and healthy can definitely help ward off eye twitching.  Eye twitching is also a genetic trait that can run in families or it can be caused by certain types of medication.
Taking good care of your eyes is extremely important, so if you’re experiencing an eye twitch that lasts more than seven days, results in your eye being permanently shut, moves into your entire face, causes redness or swelling and/or changes into a drooping eyelid, contact your Optometrist right away.  Please feel free to contact our in-house 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore Optometrist who will be more than happy to see you as soon as possible. –



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