Eyelid spazzing? Here’s what’s happening.
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:
- Get more sleep. Here are 11 doctor-approved tips to get better sleep tonight.
- Cut back on caffeine. Here’s how to know if you’re drinking too much coffee.
- Reduce stress. Try this 10-minute stress-relieving yoga routine.
- Moisturize your eyes with lubricating eye drops. Here’s another way to give your eye health a boost.
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.
Blepharospasm. American Academy of Ophthalmology. (Accessed on July 18, 2018 at http://eyewiki.aao.org/Blepharospasm)
How to Stop Eyelid Twitching. American Academy of Ophthalmology. (Accessed on July 18, 2018 at https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/how-to-stop-eye-twitching)
What Is an Eyelid Spasm or Twitching Eyelid? American Academy of Ophthalmology. (Accessed on July 18, 2018 at https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/eyelid-spasm-twitch)