Woman with eye twitch

Is your eye twitching? It can be distracting and uncomfortable. An eye twitch can appear without notice and go away in a short time. What causes an eye twitch? And how can you get rid of one?

What Can Cause Your Eye to Twitch

There are numerous common things that can contribute to eye twitches:  Alcohol, smoking, and excess caffeine, air pollution, and bright or flashing lights can be common triggers. Other factors that can cause an eye twitch include stress, lack of sleep, and eye strain.

Other conditions that sometimes include eyelid twitching as a sign include blepharitis, corneal abrasion, dry eyes, and uveitis.

What You Can Do to Stop an Eye Twitch

If triggers in your environment (like bright lights) are causing your eye twitch, try to eliminate them. When an eye twitch is triggered by alcohol or excess caffeine, the easiest thing to do is cut back on alcohol and caffeine consumption. Doing so, you could also improve your sleep (if you often have trouble sleeping) which can aid in preventing an eye twitch. Since many of us work on computers, eye strain is a routine occurrence. Taking steps to manage it, like following the 20-20-20 rule can help elevate eye strain and a trigger of eye twitching.

When to Get Help for Your Eye Twitch

Most eye twitches are harmless and usually resolve themselves quickly. In some cases, they can be more serious. If your eye twitch is regular and persistent, you should see your eye doctor, to determine if a more serious condition is causing the eye twitch.

Book your next appointment with a Valley Eyecare Center eye doctor. Call us at 602-955-2700 or schedule your next appointment online.