A lot of people may have suffered from an eyelid spasm at one point in their lives. It could be very uncomfortable and embarrassing that an eye patch may not be such a bad idea.
This annoying twitch occurs as a result of involuntary spasms of the skin around the eyelid. The good news is, it’s painless.
While most causes of eyelid twitching are from our lifestyles, some disorders could cause this symptom. The causes include but are not limited to the following;
- Taking too much caffeine
- Eyestrain from prolonged screen time
- Stress and Fatigue
- Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- Some medical conditions such as Bell’s palsy, Tourette syndrome, Multiple sclerosis, Magnesium deficiency etc.
What to do:
It is important to see the doctor about this symptom in order to rule out medical conditions that could cause it. Below are tips on managing a twitching eyelid;
- Reduce stress by getting a rest
- Reduce the amount of caffeine consumed
- Apply a warm compress to the eyes
- Take adequate magnesium rich diets
- Have an early bedtime
When you should see a doctor;
- If the twitching persists for few weeks
- If the facial muscles droop
- If you notice redness or swelling in the eye
- If the twitch also occurs in other parts of the face or body
- If the eyelid closes completely when it twitches.
Although eyelid spasms commonly resolve on its own, if they do not go away after applying the above tips or if you notice the above warning signals, you may have to visit your doctor right away.