That eye twitch may be bothersome, but is it something to be concerned about?

Do you find your eyes often twitching? If so, this is actually fairly common. Eye twitching happens to almost everyone from time to time, and science has yet to fully determine the causes of random twitches. Different groups of muscles control your upper and lower eyelids, so issues with either muscle may cause unwanted twitching.

However, if it’s a frequent or constant problem, you may want to contact you eye doctor to look into the issue.

The Two Types of Eye Twitches

Eye twitches typically fall into two categories.

Eyelid myokymia is the less serious condition. This is when your eyelids only twitch occasionally, and typically does not require any particular intervention or treatment.

Benign essential blepharospasm is the more serious version, when the patient experiences long sustained twitching. This may cause the entire eye to close repeatedly, inhibiting vision. Serious cases of eye-twitches-twitching blepharospasm will require treatment to prevent long-term problems.

The Causes of Eye Twitches

Numerous issues may cause eye twitching, which can make treatment tricky. Here are some of the most common causes.

1 – Stress
The image of a stressed or angry person with a twitching eye is a common bit of comedy – but it’s also based in reality. Stress is known to be a common cause of eye twitches, as well as various other types of muscle spasms. If your eye tends to twitch when you’re upset, trying to stay calm is typically the best advice.

2 – Alcohol
Alcohol partially disrupts the nervous system, and can cause muscle spasms such as twitching eyes. The solution here is simply to drink less.

3 – Lack of sleep / fatigue
As your body craves sleep, you may end up with a sort of battle happening around your eyes. Your body wants to close them and sleep, while the rest of you is trying to stay awake. This leads to confused signals to your eye muscles, and twitching.

4 – Eye irritation
If your eyes are dry or otherwise irritated, this can cause twitching. Try using some basic eyedrops if your eyes seem to be twitching for no clear reason; it could help!

5 – Muscular disorders
Finally, several muscular disorders such as Bell’s Palsy and Parkinson’s Disease may manifest early as eye twitching. This is one of the big reasons you should see an ophthalmologist if you have frequent eye twitches – it may indicate other problems.

Valley Eyecare Center is your Phoenix, AZ, source for family eye care! If you frequently suffer from twitching eyes, please contact us for an appointment.