Eyelid twitching is perhaps the most frustrating eye problem which everyone may have experienced some time or the other in their life. Eye twitching is involuntary spasm of eyelid muscles and you do not have any control over it. Although twitching usually occurs in upper eyelid, on some occasions the lower eyelid is also affected.
Twitching can be mild or severe. Severe spasm can force a person to close his eyes. Eyelid twitching is repetitive and occurs frequently for few seconds. Eyelid twitching is harmless and it is only a nuisance for the person.
The spasms recede without any treatment in most cases but sometimes when it prolongs for a time, you may need to address the condition to reduce the discomfort.
What Causes Involuntary Eyelid Twitching?
In most cases the cause for eyelid spasm remains obscure. Since it is not a serious problem in most cases, often the cause is not investigated in detail. Many factors are known to contribute eyelid twitching such as;
- Stress is common reason for eyelid spasm. Many patients who are stressed for any emotional or other environmental cause experience twitching of eyelids.
- Reading for a long period of time or working in front of a computer for long hours causes eye strain. Strain and stress to eye muscles can cause spasm of eyelid muscles just as any other muscle which undergoes strain.
- Excess of coffee and tea or increased consumption of alcohol can produce eye twitching. One of the reasons may be dehydration caused by these beverages.
- Lack of sleep can often lead to spasms of eyelid muscles.
- Mineral deficiency, especially magnesium deficiency can cause muscle spasm of the body including eyelid twitching.
- Irritation in eyes and eyelids, dryness in eyes caused by wearing eye lenses, conjunctivitis, or use of certain medicines can cause this discomforting condition.
- Teeth grinding and jaw clenching while in sleep is also one of the cause for eye twitching.
- In rare cases eye twitching can occur for some serious medical reason. Hypoglycemia, Parkinson’s disease, or some other neurological cause can produce eye twitching as one of its symptom.
Home Remedies To Stop Eyelid Twitching
Twitching of eyelids is not a serious health condition. In majority of cases the condition subsides within few hours or a day. However, as during this period patient tends to remain more concerned or anxious, certain home remedies will help to resolve or reduce the spasm and bring comfort to the patient.
- Splash your face with cold water. It helps to reduce twitching. Especially spasms that occur after straining your eyes for long period of time on a computer.
- Eye massage is time tested home remedy to alleviate twitching of eyelids. Close your eyes and gently massage your eyes with two fingers in clockwise and anti clockwise direction. After massage the strained eye muscles will feel relaxed and reduce contracting.
- Cool one or two cucumbers in refrigerator. Cut few thin slices and place them on your eyes. It soothes the strained muscles of eyes.
- If you are stressed, reduce it by practicing yoga and meditation.
- If the problem persists often after an interval of few days, increase consumption of fruits and vegetables that are rich source of vitamins and minerals.
- Sleep for at least 7 hours at night. Often sleeplessness can lead to dry eye and eye fatigue. Limit watching TV, mobile etc.