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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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ntuc1980 ntuc1980 8 years
My Healing Experience - Further Follow-up : Stress-induced Vs Medication-induced Eyelid-twitching Given below is another excerpt of my reply to the other party giving additional details about my healing experience from such chronic eyelid-twitching / eye-blinking sickness and I hope that the information given will again be useful to the intended readers. Thank you. Quotation : 'This is great information. I had twitching in only one eye and I tracked it down to stress. I reduced my stress levels and the twitching stopped.' My Reply : Thanks for your feedback. Actually you really reminded me of the several diagnoses given to me by some of the doctors, especially the general practioners from whom I had desperately sought repeated treatments during the initial stages for my prolonged chronic rapid eyelid-twitching/eye-blinking sickness and as a matter of fact, all of them just told me that such a 'visually incapacitating' symptom was purely stress-induced and it would just automatically 'go away' when my life / I would come to be less-stressful one day. In the end, almost all of them just gave me such medications as eye drops, neurobions, vitamin/mineral pills and numerous anti-muscle-spasm pills/injections for my incessantly rapid twitching eyelids / eye-blinkings. Unfortunately, they all turned out to be completely helpless in coping with my rapid eyelid-twitching / eye-blinking sickness. And kindly be informed that I had quited my job by the time I sought most of the medical treatments from them and there's simply no way that my life was 'stressful' by that time (I took plenty of rest at home during that 'jobless' period). Actually when these 'normal treatments' turned out to be futile while the medical MRI & CT scanning simply showed no signs of brain / central nervous systems / neurons / brain cells damages at all (as a matter of fact, such movement disorders caused purely by bodily chemical imbalaces due to disturbances to the impulse-relaying chemical agents - neurotransmitters -such as acetylcholine, dopamine, serotonin etc which are produced by the neurons / nerve cells, simply could not be revealed / observable / diagnosed through such medical scanning examinations alone - please refer to : Primary Vs Secondary Blepharospasm), the related medical experts just labelled the sickiness as 'undiagnosable' and instead just referred me to a neurosurgeon who eventually gave me Botox injections to temporarily half-paralyse my eyelid muscles to deal with the rapid eyelid-twitchings / eye-blinkings. In your case, I should say that you are far luckier than me to get such eyelid-twitching / eye-blinking problem solely due to stress which in turn will just 'go away' by itself when your life turns out to be less stressful one day. Whereas, in my case for which the chronic eyelid-twitching / eye-blinking that is due to neurological side effects of medications (which antagonize the neurotransmitters in the nervous system), it would simply require some far larger efforts and one's willingness to try anything (all the alternative therapies like acupuncture, massage, chiropractic etc) as well as some 'chance and luck' to eventually get it totally healed (otherwise there wouldn't be so many people complaining about such a chronic sickness which have remained uncured for these people for a number of years both over the internet and in real life). As such, by posting articles about my healing experiences for such a prolonged chronic 'visually incapacitating' sickness of rapid eyelid-twitching / eye-blinking over the internet, I hope that I will eventually be able to reach out to more and more such needy people elsewhere and anywhere so that they will somehow at least get a cue and some relevant ideas about the probable causes and ways of dealing with their like-sicknesses. Lastly, I hope that my posts will be useful to such intended readers. Thank you. " Related Reference : New Version of Suggested Acupuncture Cure For Blepharospasm :
eowc eowc 9 years
Such an abnormal eyelid-twitching may just be one of the symptoms of Tardive Dyskinesia (neuroleptic medication-induced repetitive, involuntary, purposeless facial muscle movements).
eowc eowc 9 years
Note : The following article is only meant as a reference material to the intended recipients and advices should be sought from the medical experts to establish the authenticity of its contents. Eyelid twitching, which is lately referred to as Blepharospasm or Myokymia is actually a symptom of involuntary and uncontrollable movements in the muscles around a person's eyes which in turn make them appear like 'blinking non-stop' to other people. Generally, the movements of one's muscle is controlled by the nerves around them that in turn receive signals from the brains which ultimately dictate the variety of 'ways' in which such movements are to be conducted based on a person's will. The causes of such eyelid-twitching symptom in most common cases may just due to short-term stress, over-tiredness, over-straining of one's eyes, occasional anxiety, temporary panic fits and nervousness which in turn can be easily relieved and recover naturally by a good rest, more relaxation and trying to calm oneself down to stop getting anxious, panic and worried and stressful over certain things. In this regard, such phenomena tend to be quite common among certain students and other professionals. However, in the cases of a persistent uncontrollable twitchings of the eyelids which only get aggravated rather than improved over time and last for months and even years, it may just probably imply that the nerves around the eyes organ are simply not 'properly functionable' enough to bring about the desired movements of the muscles based on the mental instructions from the brains of a person. Except for any brain and other muscle damages or other irritations of that organ like dry eyes, sore eyes etc, such a chronic eyelid-twitching sickness may likely be caused by certain disturbances and disorders that affect or weaken the functionality of the nerves around the eyes to bring about the desired movements of this organ based on the person's will. In this regard, the possible reasons of such chronic eyelid-twitching sickness may probably due to the causes as mentioned above which is experienced by a person over a considerably long period of time rather than just temporarily. Apart from that, other likely causes maybe be certain traumas, especially the emotional ones, allergy to or overdosage of certain medications that carry such side effects as muscle spasms, particularly photophobia in the case of eyelid-twitching symptom. In fact, I myself have also been suffering from such a sickness due to allergy and overdosage to such medications like Risperdal and other similar drugs. As such, I would very much like to share my own genuine personal experience with you over the course of my treatment of such a sickness and I hope that it will somehow be helpful to a certain extent especially to those who have been having the similar experience as mine and I would to emphasize that it again only is meant as a reference material to anyone reading it. For your information, I have been suffering from this ickness in the past few years whereby my eyelids also tend to twitch both continuously and uncontrollably without me being able to do anything to control the twitchings at all. As a result, my eyes would seem like blinking all the while to anyone who looks at me and I totally could not drive, look directly and persistently at the pc or tv screens and most of the times, I simply can’t read any books or newspaper properly. And I have sought lots of medical treatments and advices as well as apply various kinds of eye drops, taking various types of vitamins, mineral pills as well as many types of anti-muscle spasm medications from lots of eye specialists, neurosurgeons and psychiatrists (who explain the medical theories mentioned above to me), ENT specialists and other general practitioners, and even have the MRI examinations taken to get my eyes cured , but these efforts turn out to be in vain as they fail to yield any positive results and my eyes still keep on blinking non-stop. Luckily, just about a year after I suffer from such a sickness, I come across an acupuncture expert who studied and observed closely about my problems and then administer a therapy needle on the part of the flesh which is about 1.5 cm above the middle part between my thumb and my forefinger of my right hand to strengthen the weakened and sensitive nerves around my eyes. After that, he just ask me to press (using just mild force) that acupuncture point using such objects like toothpick /normal writing pen or anything with a blunt-pointed end for at least 2 hours a day and then consistently for about 2 months. Having done that persistently based on his order, my eyelid-twitching that makes my eyes blinking all the while just totally recover in time and I can drive, work with the pc screens, watch tv, movies and read as well as work like any other normal persons. For your further information, I have also come across quite a couple of people in my real life annoyed by such an eyelid-twitching problem of different causes and degrees of severity, and accordingly, I just recommend the method as mentioned above to them and within weeks, they just experience significant improvements to their conditions after applying this therapy, and after a few months , they just recover totally from this sickness. . And I hope that by contributing this piece of article to you, it will somehow help you to in at least getting a clue about this sickness. Lastly, I sincerely wish that the ones troubled by such an annoying eyelid-twitching sickness can recover finally from their illness. Thank you.
baybridget baybridget 10 years
It's happening to me right now!
Vannuccia Vannuccia 10 years
My right eye has been twitching almost non-stop for about three weeks. On top of that, I keep getting splitting headaches, but I'm not stressed about anything and I am getting enough sleep, so I might go the doctors to get it checked out.
anners anners 10 years
mine twitched from beginning of march until the very last day of my finals (the last semester before graduation). the day it stopped, i finally realized it was the finals, and not anything else that was bothering me.
workofiction workofiction 10 years
My eye ALWAYS twitches when I'm stressed out. It's a great indicator that I need to slow down and de-stress!
Feesje Feesje 10 years
I know it's weird, but I actually like it when my eye is twitching. Don't know why exactly... I guess it's entertaining. :D
aimeeb aimeeb 10 years
My left eye was twitching almost every day for a whole week once, it was awfulllllllllll.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
Mine stopped twitching after I quit my old job!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Haha, it's such an odd feeling.
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
GAH i hate when that happens!!
orangeflower orangeflower 10 years
I get it but can't see it really in the mirror when I try and see it. Like I can feel it but I just see a lump more vibrating rather than my whole eye going berzerk
koolkat1021 koolkat1021 10 years
My eye twitches every now and then...which is annoying, because it's really distracting when I'm trying to work. My friend's mom had an eye twitch for a few years...pretty consistent...mostly happened when she was tired which was often since she was a doctor herself. It did get worse over time. Eventually she went to the doctor to get it checked out, and in her case it turned out to be a symptom of a serious neurological issue. Now she faces some pretty serious brain surgery. So...don't slack on your health care. If your eye twitches regularly and/or gets worse, go see a neurologist AND an opthamologist. Don't be a hypochondriac, BUT if they aren't really giving you an answer to something you feel is a serious problem, then DEFINITELY get a second opinion.
Supermom Supermom 10 years
my left eye always goes crazy...
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
This happens to me allllll the time. (And it also happens in my fingers....which seems weird).
chdinapoli chdinapoli 10 years
my eye twitches a LOT!
d_ford d_ford 10 years
My eyelids twitches whenever I'm over tired, which is almost always, or when I'm stressed, which is almost always (wedding planning). It's the weirdest feeling ever. The best thing for me is to lay down or close my eyes for a few minutes and try to relax.
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 10 years
I have a friend who's eyelids flutter when she isn't wearing sunglasses outside.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
My hubby's cousin's wife's eye twitches, and it has for YEARS. Is that a bad thing? She says that her doctor says it's okay, but I think it's strange. Should she get a second opinion?
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I hate when this happens! It's usually when I'm stressed out and always my right eye. So irritating!
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
my right eye twitches ALL the time, it's crazy annoying and feels SO weird... my eye doctor informed me that it's stress related poo
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