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hi, my eye lid has been twitching for a week. i am not overly stressed or over caffeinated. please help?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
EYE STRAIN: has been implicated in cases of annoying eyelid twitching....suggest an eye examination Hope this is helpful! Dr Z
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Twitching of lids is common in the middle years. It is attributed to nervous excitability in the densely found facial muscle nerves. It in fact has a name: myokymia. It is benign, and usually felt rather than seen. Rarely does it need treatment but in those few cases Botox can help. The eyes are normal in these cases.
Jul 13, 2019
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Ocular irritation: Most eyelid twitching (eyelid myokymia) is benign and often due to ocular surface irritation, primarily dryness-You are correct with other causes, like stress and too much caffeine, have been cited. Staring at a computer, which is often associated with eye strain, fatigue and accelerated ocular surface drying, is probably the most frequent cause- Self limited & grad. resolves with artif. tears.

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