If you have ever experienced an eye twitch, you know how annoying it can be. But have you ever wondered why your eye might suddenly start twitching and continue for minutes, hours, or sometimes even days? Here are a few common causes of eye twitching.
Causes for Eye Twitching
The most common cause for eye twitching is stress and fatigue. Often getting rest or reducing your stress is enough to stop the twitch. Sometimes eye strain or eye irritation can cause an eye twitch. This could be the case if you spend long hours working at a computer screen or playing video games, for example.
Certain medications may cause eyes to twitch, especially those that dry out the eyes. Allergy medications, antihistamines, nasal decongestants, antidepressants, and epilepsy drugs are examples of such medications.
Alcohol, caffeine, or tobacco use can also cause eyes to twitch. Cutting back on their use can help reduce and prevent twitching they cause.
When a Visit to an Eye Doctor is a Good Idea
When an eye twitch lasts more than a few days and is troublesome, it is a good idea to visit your eye doctor. While less common, eye twitching can be caused by an eye spasm condition like blepharospasm, neurological condition, or autoimmune disease. It may be possible that you need new glasses if your eyes are continually twitching.
It is also a good idea to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing any of these five symptoms with a twitching eye:
- A change in your vision, including double or blurry vision
- Your eyes begin to look red
- It feels like you have something in your eye
- Your eyes have begun to be sensitive to light
- Your eyes feel weak or are drooping
Often, the cause behind eye twitching is harmless and will resolve on its own. However, in some instances, it could be a sign that you need to make a slight change in your habits or it’s time for an eye exam. Call Valley Eyecare at (602) 955-2700 to schedule an appointment with