U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
New York, NY
A 51-year-old female asked:

When it rains it pours. my upper left eyelid started twitching last night. woke up this morning & it started again. it goes nonstop, stop for a few seconds or minutes then return. ironically have eye doc appt next week. can i do anything now to stop?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Most likely this is orbital myokymia, a rather benign, but irritating, self-limited and transient condition. Can be associated with eye strain, insomnia, electrolyte imbalance, fatigue, stress, etc., amongst a number of other triggers. Your eye appointment is likely to be more informative and an intervention may be forthcoming.
Dr. Daniel Rosberger
Specializes in Retinal Surgery
Most eyelid twitching (fasiculations) are associated with too little sleep, too much caffeine and dry eyes. Try sleeping more, drinking less caffeine and using artificial tears. If it doesn't resolve, then a further work up may be warranted.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Aug 21, 2021

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.