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How often does blepharitis cause abnormal eye blinking?

How often does blepharitis cause abnormal eye blinking?

Variable: Blepharitis is irritating, so some blink alot, some rub, some tear etc. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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What does abnormal rapid eye blinking/twitching indicate?

What does abnormal rapid eye blinking/twitching indicate?

Usually stress: Twitches of the eyelids are a very common symptom. The most common cause is stress, often in association with sleep deprivation and other factors such as caffeine intake. There are also some neurological conditions that can cause eyelid twitching. Excessive blinking can also be caused by a condition called blepharospasm. If your symptoms persist or worsen, discuss them with your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes rapid eye blinking?

What causes rapid eye blinking?

Tics: Most commonly this represents motor tics especially when you are aware of them. ...Read more

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What is the exact cause of eye blinking?

What is the exact cause of eye blinking?

Reflex: There is an internal rhythm which signals blinking spontaneously. It is modified by the osmolarity of the tears and the exposure of the receptors on the cornea so that there is stimulus to blink more often if these are activated. The blink spreads the tears over the living tissue on the front of the eye to keep it healthy and optically clear. ...Read more

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Is it a problem if I have rapid eye blinking?

Is it a problem if I have rapid eye blinking?

Not Necessarily: Blink rates will vary from person to person with most people blinking once approximately every 4 seconds. When reading, blink rate will decrease. Various conditions may cause more rapid eye blinking. The most common cause is tear film insufficiency or dry eye syndrome. Other causes include allergies, chemical or foreign body irritants, and involuntary spasm (blepharospasm), among others. ...Read more

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Recent onset of repititive rapid eye blinking -- what could this mean?

Recent onset of repititive rapid eye blinking -- what could this mean?

Eye irritation: Your description is most consistent with eye irritation causing secondary blepharospasm. Try using frequent artificial tears, ointment at night, and warm compresses and see if it improves. Also avoid stress, stimulants such as caffeine/nicotine/cocaine/meth, get adequate rest. If it gets worse, call and eye doctor. ...Read more

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Why is my one eye blinking in slo mo?

Abnormal blinking: I would be suspicious that you are imagining the asymmetric blinking. If the asymmetry actually is present, you need to see your eye doctor since it could be a sign of facial nerve palsy, myasthenia gravis, or other pathology. ...Read more

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What causes headaches & eye blinking?

What causes headaches & eye blinking?

Headache: Causes of headache include stress (tension headache), sinusitis, allergies (sinus headache), bright lights (migraine), lack of caffeine (caffeine headache). Eye blinking may be caused by stress, fatigue, dry eye, allergy, or neurologic disorders. ...Read more

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What are causes of infrequent or lack of eye blinking?

What are causes of infrequent or lack of eye blinking?

Uncommon: The blink rate goes down with concentrated attention such as computer work. No blinking at all is pathologic and will cause corneal opacitification due to dryness. That could be due to lid trauma with scarring or neurologic damage (rare). Blinking is automatic and not really under conscious control for more than a few moments. ...Read more

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Why is my left eye blinking randomly?

Why is my left eye blinking randomly?

Blepharospasm: Often transient phenomenon occurring randomly for a while then disappears may worsen with autonomic arousal. Occasionally can persist and even involve both eyes with painful or forceful spasm in response to bright lights or stress. Rarely could indicate underlying neurologic disorder such as ms or mass effect. If it persists, worsens, spreads or becomes associated with other symptoms seek doc. ...Read more

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Is increased eye blinking related to astigmatism?

Is increased eye blinking related to astigmatism?

No: Increased blinking can be caused b y many factors but refraction and astigmatism are not a cause. ...Read more

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Are eyedrops effective to stop rapid eye blinking?

Are eyedrops effective to stop rapid eye blinking?

Sometimes: If the rapid blinking is due to dry eye or ocular irritation, then artificial tears should be effective. If the blinking is due to blepharospasm of neurological origin, then artificial tears will not alter the blinking. ...Read more

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Is there a medical basis for left eye blinking superstition? A blinking left eye is supposed to be bad.

Is there a medical basis for left eye blinking superstition? A blinking left eye is supposed to be bad.

Superstition: There is no medical basis for that superstition, just like many other superstitions. There are several causes of eye blinking including blepharospasm, myokymia, foreign body, dry eye, and other causes. If artificial tears don't resolve it, please see your eye md. ...Read more

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Does blepharitis cause excessive eye blinking?

Does blepharitis cause excessive eye blinking?

Yes: It is an irritation of your eyelid, so your body tries to wash it away by blinking and often tearing. ...Read more

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Why would someone have involuntary eye twitches as well as excessive eye blinking?

Blepharospasm: Refers to excessive eye blinking, and the twitches could represent myokymia. Several underlying problems may cause this, and it is best to seek the consultation of an ophthalmologist to diagnose and achieve treatment success. ...Read more

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Is constant eye blinking a side effect of taking risperidal (risperidone)?

Is constant eye blinking a side effect of taking risperidal (risperidone)?

Possible: Blepharospasm can occur with Risperdal both as an initial reaction, called an acute dystonia or after longer term exposure, called tardive dyskinesia. Fatigue, anxiety, work, and light can exacerbate tardive blepharospasm, whereas rest and sleep can relieve it. Please speak to the prescribing physician regarding your concern to clarify the cause and options. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience rapid eye blinking or facial or eye tics after playing video games?

Is it normal to experience rapid eye blinking or facial or eye tics after playing video games?

Yes: It's called the optokinetic reflex if the eyes move, and recruitment if it's just the facial or eyelid muscles. If you experience these effects, you're playing video games too long. If these occur with minimal playing time, you should visit your doctor. ...Read more

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What does excessive eye blinking and nose scrunching in a child with a severe abuse history indicate?

What does excessive eye blinking and nose scrunching in a child with a severe abuse history indicate?

Tic: Could be a nervous tic. Could also indicate some anxiety. Talk with your child's pediatrician to determine the cause. ...Read more

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How can I be sure my repetitive eye blinking is still a symptom of my Tourette's and not tardive dyskenesia?

Ans: Well did you have the eye tics before you started any medications? This will help to guide you. Go back and think when you were first diagnosed and now how are you being on medication ...Read more

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Can eye blinking in kids recur? . I can see my kid's blinking who is 4 yr old is completely gone and with in 2 weeks again came. Reason?

Can eye blinking in kids recur? . I can see my kid's blinking who is 4 yr old is completely gone and with in 2 weeks again came. Reason?

Normal: Eye blinking tics are very common in the 4 yo age group. Tics in general come and go depending on stress or illness. They can occur in 25% of kids. If they become embedded with other tics or noises, then there is a possibility of a motor movement disorder. If your child recently had a strep infection, see your doctor as the tics may be an early symptoms of pandas. ...Read more

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What drug is safe for 50yrs man for dry eyes. No prob in tears. Just dry eyes and feeling as if he has strange object in eye. Frequent eye blinking?

What drug is safe for 50yrs man for dry eyes. No prob in tears. Just dry eyes and feeling as if he has strange object in eye. Frequent eye blinking?

Dry eye: See an eye MD for confirmation of dry eye diagnosis. How do you know there is "no prob in tears"? Dry eye can result from deficiency in tears or problems in the oil layer or mucus layer of the tear film. Proper diagnosis guides the treatment which may include artificial tears, Restasis, punctum plugs, flax seed oil, or even surgery depending on the cause and severity of the condition. ...Read more

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Can anything be done for eye blinking twitch for my 14 year old daughter?

Can anything be done for eye blinking twitch for my 14 year old daughter?

Depends: There are a few serious causes for eye twitch, but usually is lack of rest, too much stress or caffeine, so the basic treatment is improve rest, cut down caffeine and stress, exercise helps re-direct energy and decress stress. If it worsens, changes, or doesn't improve in a week, can see eye doctor for medication and surgical options for this. ...Read more