Why Does Your Eye Twitch?

Monday, August 15th, 2016, 4:01 am

Eye twitches usually happen in the lower eyelid, but sometimes the upper eyelid is involved. While they can be annoying, these spasms are pretty common. But why do they happen? There are several reasons:

  • Too much caffeine. Excessive caffeine intake is a major factor for eye twitches. To see if this is the cause of your eye twitches, consider going easy on coffee, tea and caffeine-infused soft drinks.
  • Stress. Every person’s body reacts differently to stress. And sometimes eye twitches are a stress indicator. Participating in yoga or trying breathing exercises are two good ways to help relieve stress.
  • Fatigue. When you don’t get enough sleep it can trigger eyelid twitches. Make an effort to get enough shut-eye every night to see if this curtails the twitching.
  • Computer strain. Staring at your computer screen for too long can make your eye twitch. And if you already have even minor vision problems, your eyes have to work harder to maintain focus. Give your eyes a rest every 20 minutes or so by looking away from your screen and focusing on something 20 feet away for about 20 seconds.
  • Allergies. Eye allergies cause itching, swelling and watery eyes. And when you rub them, you release a histamine into your eye lid tissue that can lead to eyelid twitching.
  • Dry eye syndrome. If your eyelid twitches and your eye feels gritty or dry, you may have dry eye syndrome. Visit your doctor for a checkup. He or she can recommend a treatment to restore moisture to your eyes and help alleviate the twitching.

If the twitching persists or affects not just your eye but part of your face, this can indicate a more serious condition. To learn more about treating eyelid twitches, or to schedule an appointment, please complete our convenient online contact form. For locations, click here to find a center near you.

back to top


Category: Dry Eyes, Eye Condition


Leave a Reply