What Could Be Causing My Eye to Twitch?

Have you ever experienced an eye twitch? If you have, you know how both annoying and scary it can be, especially when it seems to come out of nowhere.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Gastonia wants to share some details about why eye twitches occur, as well as when to seek medical attention.

What Exactly Is an Eye Twitch?

An eye twitch occurs when there is a repetitive, involuntary spasm of your eyelid muscles.

Also known as “myokymia,” an eyelid spasm can occur in both the upper and lower eyelids; however, it is most common in the upper lid. In most cases, eyelid spasms are more annoying than they are harmful.

Causes of an Eye Twitch

  • Eye irritation
  • Eyelid strain
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of sleep
  • Physical exertion
  • Medication side effects
  • Stress
  • Alcohol, tobacco or caffeine use

When Should I Be Worried About Eye Twitching?

Relaxing or removing sources of stress can often alleviate an eye twitch. But while most eye twitches tend to go away on their own or with simple lifestyle modifications, there are times where an eye twitch might need further medical attention.

For instance, if your eye twitch doesn’t go away within a few weeks or seems to steadily worsen, talk with your doctor. In addition, if you have other symptoms along with the eye twitch, such as an eye that is red, is swollen, has discharge or cannot be opened, then it is time to seek medical attention.

Ways to Treat Eye Twitching

  • Find meaningful ways to relax your body and mind.
  • Limit caffeine intake.
  • Rest and get enough quality sleep.
  • Apply warm compresses to the twitching eye.
  • Gently massage the eyelid with your fingers.
  • Try over-the-counter oral or topical eye drops.

Did you get something in your eye? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Gastonia today for a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary.