Eye twitching, eyelid tics and spasms are fairly common. Usually only one lid of one eye is involved, but the entire eye can feel like it is twitching at times. Normally this feeling will come and go, but it can sometimes last for weeks or even months. To find a solution for this annoying condition, called myokymia, we need to determine the underlying cause, which can include:
- Eyestrain (especially from computers)
- Dry Eyes
- Nutritional Imbalances
Almost all sudden-onset eye twitching is considered benign, meaning the condition is not serious or a sign of a medical problem, but it can be hard to treat. Usually it involves eliminating possible causes one at a time. Getting more rest, reducing stress, decreasing alcohol and caffeine intake are all good places to start. Your eye doctor can advise you as to whether dryness or eye allergies may be playing a role. Your family doctor should be consulted for systemic allergies and dietary needs.
More serious forms of eye twitching are caused by neurological conditions such as blepharospasm or hemifacial spasm. These conditions are much less common and should be diagnosed and treated by an eye doctor.
In rare cases, some eye twitches just won’t go away. Some of these types of twitches can be successfully treated with Botox injections that help stop muscle contractions. See your eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment if the twitching affects half your face or your entire eye, causing the lid to clamp shut.