Are you worried about your Eye Twitching?
Eye twitches tend to fall into one of three categories:
Eyelid Twitch – The most common of the three, often caused by fatigue, stress and too much caffeine intake.
Benign Essential Blepharospasm – Much less common, can have a negative impact on our day to day lives. Begins with increased or frantic blinking and can escalate to facial spasms, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision.
Hemifacial Spasm - The rarest of the three, involves the muscles on only one side of your face twitching (including your eyelid). The most common cause is a trapped nerve.
Eye twitches tends to come in short bursts and will usually go away after a few hours or days. If your eye twitching is becoming an inconvenience you can try the following to help combat the symptoms:
- Avoid stressful situations
- Lessen caffeine intake
- Lessen alcohol intake
If your symptoms are persistent and last more than a week, or if they are affecting your day-to-day life and causing you stress, you should see your GP for a full check-up.
Likewise if you are experiencing any of the following you should seek further medical attention:
- You are unable to open your eye
- Twitching it not resigned to just the eye
- Your eye is swollen
- You have drooping eyelids
- Your eye is oozing any kind of discharge
- Alcohol intake
- Bell's palsy
- Bright light
- Caffeine excess
- Cervical dystonia
- Corneal abrasion
- Dry eyes
- Irritation of the eye surface or inner eyelids
- Light sensitivity
- Multiple sclerosis
- Oromandibular dystonia and facial dystonia
- Parkinson's disease
- Tourette syndrome
- Wind or air pollution