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Dr. Mark Pack
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Eye Blinking (Overview)

Eye blinking = rapid closure of eyelids.


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Can extreme anger cause eye blinking or eyelid twitching?

Can extreme anger cause eye blinking or eyelid twitching?

Maybe: You are describing myokymia — an involuntary twitching of the skin around the eyelids. It's believed to be related to lack of sleep, stress, and caffeine use. Change these risk factors and it should abate. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
39 doctors shared insights

Eye Blinking (Overview)

Eye blinking = rapid closure of eyelids.


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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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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
Once
Do not occlude or cover your eyes
Once
If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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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 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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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
Once
Do not rub your eye
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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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Treating a Lazy Eye (Checklist)

Wear glasses to protect your lazy eye
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Get an annual eye exam
Yearly
If your condition is severe, use low vision aids
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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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Managing Eye Twitching (Checklist)

Reduce caffeine intake
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Reduce alcohol intake
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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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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
Daily
See your doctor to determine if your pink eye is allergic, viral, or bacterial
once
Do not use someone else's eye drops
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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