What’s eye twitching? Eye twitching s a repetitive, uncontrollable blinking or spasm of the eyelid, usually on the upper lid. It usually affects the eye muscles in both eyes and when it happens you usually feel some involuntary movement every few seconds for a couple of minutes. In some severe cases it can even continue on and off for a couple of days, which can be really annoying and then disappear suddenly. Even the medical experts don’t know the reason behind this.
They claim that it usually occurs due to stress and fatigue or excessive amounts of caffeine, tobacco and alcohol. They also say that eye twitching can be also be linked with dry eyes, excessive eye strain, allergies, or some irritation of the surface of the eye or the membrane. And, sometimes it can happen for no reason, it’s painless and harmless and it usually goes away in just few minutes – on its own.
But, you should also be careful, because there are some cases when the eye twitching can be a symptom of a more severe neurological disorder, such as blepharospasm (an abnormal blinking or spasm of the eyelids) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. You should know that the blepharospasm develops in mid to late adulthood and there are about 2000 cases every year in the US alone. It’s a condition which is more common in women than in men.
If the condition progresses, you might feel that you’re extra sensitive to light, your vision might get blurry and your entire face might starts twitching. In severe cases the spasms might get so strong to close your eyelids for a few hours. If your twitching last for a few minutes and you don’t experience it often there’s nothing to worry about. However, if you experience the following symptoms you should see an eye doctor immediately:
- If you start feeling spasms on your entire face;
- If your eyes start swelling, get red or you notice eye discharge;
- If your upper eyelid starts drooping.
If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should definitely see your eye doctor and explain what you feel. He’ll examine your symptoms and if he suspects a neurological disorder he may refer you to a neurologist or other specialist. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family. Thank You.