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FYI: Eye Twitching

I just learned a new word - blepharospasm - it's the technical term for involuntary eye twitching (eye spasms). You know what I'm talking about right, when your eyelid moves rapidly on its own?

So what causes this little twitch? To find out,

Eye twitching is associated with an abnormal function of the basal ganglion, the part of the brain responsible for controlling the muscles.

Here are some causes of common eye twitching:

  • corneal irritation or injury
  • stress, anxiety, nervousness
  • lack of sleep
  • prolonged eye use, or eye strain
  • hereditary

Eye twitching is really common, but it's still annoying. Unfortunately, there's no cure for it, but if you take it easy and get a little R&R, it should go away on its own.

Fit's Tips: If eye twitching happens to you a lot, you can take preventative measures. Get enough sleep, and try to avoid overusing your eyes. Be sure to take eye breaks if you are spending many hours reading or staring at a computer screen. Eye twitching could be a sign that you need to chill out, so if you feel yourself getting stressed or anxious, do things to relax and ease your mind.

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