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What are treatment options for an 11 year old who exhibits facial tics such as eye blinking andd mouth opening?

What are treatment options for an 11 year old who exhibits facial tics such as eye blinking andd mouth opening?

Sudden onset?: If the tics have a sudden onset, then pandas needs to be considered particularly if they started after an illness. Stressful psychosocial events can trigger a tic in a susceptible individual. Developmental or benign tics usually start around 7 yo, so this is a bit late. Please get a thorough evaluation by a well trained doctor in this area. There are many effective treatment options once DX made. ...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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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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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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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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How can I be sure my repetitive eye blinking is still a symptom of my Tourette's and not tardive dyskenesia?

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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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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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