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When Should I Be Concerned About Eye Twitching?

May 1 2023

Most people have experienced an eye twitch or spasm at some point in their lives, but if it persists for weeks or months, there may be something serious causing it. Read on as a Marysville, WA optometrist talks about eye twitches, what causes them, and how to tell when it’s time for an eye exam.

What Is an Eye Twitch?

Eye twitches are involuntary spasms or movements of your eyelid that can’t be controlled, usually occurring in the upper lid.

Twitching can occur several times throughout the day, or only once or twice. Then there are severe cases of repeated twitching, which can interfere with your vision.

Overall, there are three main types of involuntary eye spasms:

  • Myokymia – this is the most common form of conjunctivitis, and it usually clears up after a few days
  • Blepharospasm- affects both eyes and can lead to a loss of vision if left untreated
  • Hemifacial – usually, only one eye is affected by the spasms but it can also spread to all of the facial muscles on that side

What Causes Eye Spasms?

Stress, exhaustion and too much caffeine are the most common causes of eye twitching. People with a history of head injury have an increased risk for developing this condition. If it runs in your family you may also be at greater risk.

Here are a few other things that can cause involuntary eye spasms:

  • Dry eyes
  • Scratched cornea
  • Inflamed eyelid
  • Bright lights
  • Something irritating the eyelids or eye surface
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol

When Should I See My Eye Doctor About It?

Most cases of eye twitching are temporary and will go away on their own, but if the twitch is lasting a long time or you feel that it’s interfering with your life, something more serious than stress or exhaustion may be causing it. When this is the case, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your optometrist.

If you experience any of the following symptoms along with your eye twitches, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your optometrist:

  • It’s difficult to open the affected eye
  • Your eye produces discharge or appears red or swollen
  • Your vision is compromised
  • Your eyelid closes with each twitch
  • Your eyelids start to droop

If you have more questions about eye twitching or want to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call your Marysville, WA optometrist today.

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