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Why is my eyelid twitching?!

Eyelid twitching most commonly is caused by a condition called myokymia.  Myokymia is a term for fine spontaneous muscle contractions that can happen anywhere in the body.  When myokymia affects the eye it is usually the superior orbicularis oculi muscle that twitches. It isn’t painful really, just annoying.  The twitching can even affect the vision, causing the image out of that eye to “wiggle”.

Now the next important question that needs to be answered:  how do I get my eyelid to STOP twitching?

The best solution is to try to determine the cause of the myokymia. Eyelid myokymia can be caused by stress, lack of sleep, too much caffeine, and sometimes allergies or eye strain.  It also can be idiopathic, meaning it has no cause.

Most times I will tell patients to get more sleep, use an ice pack on twitching eye, try artificial tears, and sometimes use an allergy eye drop, like Zaditor, to ease symptoms.

Very occasionally, in severe cases, Botox injections can be used in the lid to stop the muscle twitch.

If you have any questions about a twitching eyelid, or if your eyelid twitch will not go away, please contact us

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