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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.
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:
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:
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:
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.