Here’s the Real Reason Your Eyelid Twitches Out of Control Sometimes

Eyelid spazzing? Here’s what’s happening.

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You’re in the zone at work, whizzing through your To-Do list, when all of a sudden your eyelid goes AKJDSLKHFLSKDFJOSLDKS!!—and twitches out of control.

If you’ve never experienced this type of eyelid spasm, it’s when your eyelid moves a little for what seems like no rhyme or reason.

While eyelid tics may seem alarming (and embarrassing), they’re common. These involuntary muscle spasms are called eyelid myokymias. They’re often triggered by fatigue, stress, caffeine, or dry eyes.

How to Avoid Eyelid Twitches

Most eyelid spasms are harmless, and will go away without treatment. You can, however, speed up the process and reduce future twitches. Here’s how:

Note: Some neurological problems can also make eyelid muscles contract. (These include a blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm.) So if your eyelid twitches don’t go away, your eyelids close involuntarily, or your face muscles tighten near your eyes, see an ophthalmologist.