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Dr. Michael Kermani
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Eyelid Twitching (Overview)

Eyelid twitching, with the medical term of myokymia, is a rapid, involuntary contraction of a portion of the eyelid muscles due to nervous instability in which a portion of the nerves causing eyelid muscle to contract fire with no external cause. The condition is usually mild, and only felt by the patient without being observable to others. On rare occasions, the twitch can be observed. It is common in the middle adult years and is very rarely due to anything that requires a doctor's attention.


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What causes eyelid twitching?

What causes eyelid twitching?

Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles within a muscle). Myokymia starts and stops spontaneously. In the eyelids, it can last a few minutes to a few days. It can be caused by stress, dry eyes, lack of sleep. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kermani
238 Doctors shared insights

Eyelid Twitching (Overview)

Eyelid twitching, with the medical term of myokymia, is a rapid, involuntary contraction of a portion of the eyelid muscles due to nervous instability in which a portion of the nerves causing eyelid muscle to contract fire with no external cause. The condition is usually mild, and only felt by the patient without being observable to others. On rare occasions, the twitch can be observed. It is common in the middle adult years and is very rarely due to anything that requires a doctor's attention.


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Managing Eye Twitching (Checklist)

Reduce caffeine intake
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Reduce alcohol intake
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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine the cause of your strain if possible
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Try rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE)
Daily
Ease back into activity; don't overdo it
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Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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What causes eyelid twitching?

Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles within a muscle). Myokymia starts and stops spontaneously. In the eyelids, it can last a few minutes to a few days. It can be caused by stress, dry eyes, lack of sleep. ...Read more

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What does eyelid twitching mean?

What does eyelid twitching mean?

Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles within a muscle). Myokymia starts and stops spontaneously. In the eyelids, it can last a few minutes to a few days. It can be caused by stress, dry eyes, lack of sleep. ...Read more

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How can I treat my eyelid twitching?

How can I treat my eyelid twitching?

Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles within a muscle). Myokymia starts and stops spontaneously. In the eyelids, it can last a few minutes to a few days. It can be caused by stress, dry eyes, caffeine, lack of sleep. Reduce intake of alcohol/tobacco/caffeine, get rest, reduce stress. ...Read more

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How can I stop my eyelid twitching?

How can I stop my eyelid twitching?

Myokymia: Eyelid twitching, or myokymia, is a benign but annoying condition. Reducing your stress and reducing caffeine intake make help. ...Read more

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Why is my eyelid twitching? I just had exams.

Why is my eyelid twitching? I just had exams.

Stress and caffeine: Stress, excessive use of caffeine, lack of sleep. You should also worry about hypercalcemia, which is tetanus. ...Read more

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How can a person cure an eyelid twitch?

How can a person cure an eyelid twitch?

Eyelid twitching: Eyelid twitching is often due to any cause of eye irritation, stimulant use, stress, lack of sleep, neurologic disease, and other issues. Try using frequent artificial tears, getting adequate sleep and minimize stress, and stop stimulant use. If this persists, see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my eyelid twitch? It's been 3 months. I don't use a lot of caffeine and I am sleeping regularly. Don't feel overly stressed either

Try this: Make sure you are not receiving caffeine through other sources--chocolate, energy drinks. Some herbal teas also contain stimulants. Try massaging the lid gently. Sometimes stretching the muscle slightly will dercrease the twitching. ...Read more

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Face pain/spasms, dizzy, neck pain, after doing chin ups and chest dips? Sometimes I get eyelid twitching too. What causes this? How do I fix it?

Face pain/spasms, dizzy, neck pain, after doing chin ups and chest dips? Sometimes I get eyelid twitching too. What causes this? How do I fix it?

Get checked: Clearly, not a normal response after doing chin ups. I would check your teeth, your cranial joints (TM joints, occiput and frontal sinus at sphenoid junction) for presence of toxins, pathoges or allergens. Dizziness is suggestive that your ears may be involved. Muscle spasm and eyelid twitching suggest neuromuscular involvement, so rule out Lyme disease. ...Read more

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What causes eyelid twitching?

Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles within a muscle). Myokymia starts and stops spontaneously. In the eyelids, it can last a few minutes to a few days. It can be caused by stress, dry eyes, lack of sleep. ...Read more

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What does eyelid twitching mean?

Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles within a muscle). Myokymia starts and stops spontaneously. In the eyelids, it can last a few minutes to a few days. It can be caused by stress, dry eyes, lack of sleep. ...Read more

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Why is my right eyelid twitching?

Why is my right eyelid twitching?

Unknown: 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

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How can you stop eyelid twitching?

Blepharospasm: Often people can find things that can calm it down. Old wives tales say pressing the fingertips of all fingers down on hard surface can calm it down. In reality, there are a few medications used for this problem....Baclofen, antiepileptics, and Botox injections. Though if it is just the lower lid and occasional, unlikely pathological. ...Read more

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Why is my bottom eyelid twitching?

Myokymia: 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

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How can I stop my eyelid twitching?

Myokymia: Eyelid twitching, or myokymia, is a benign but annoying condition. Reducing your stress and reducing caffeine intake make help. ...Read more

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How can I treat my eyelid twitching?

Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles within a muscle). Myokymia starts and stops spontaneously. In the eyelids, it can last a few minutes to a few days. It can be caused by stress, dry eyes, caffeine, lack of sleep. Reduce intake of alcohol/tobacco/caffeine, get rest, reduce stress. ...Read more

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What is the cause of eyelid twitching?

What is the cause of eyelid twitching?

Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles within a muscle). Myokymia starts and stops spontaneously. In the eyelids, it can last a few minutes to a few days. It can be caused by stress, dry eyes, lack of sleep. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have rapid eyelid twitching?

Not necessarily: Because it can be related to fatigue and tiredness. However if you are having vision issues, lid is weak and droopy then I would get it checked out soon. ...Read more

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Why is my eyelid twitching all the time?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Why is my eyelid twitching? I just had exams.

Stress and caffeine: Stress, excessive use of caffeine, lack of sleep. You should also worry about hypercalcemia, which is tetanus. ...Read more

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Why is my eyelid twitching and what can I do?

Why is my eyelid twitching and what can I do?

Myokymia: 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

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What can you do about persistent eyelid twitching?

Usually benign: You likely have myokymia, which occurs with fatigue, lack of sleep, eye strain, and even metabolic imbalance in your body. Usually benign, and not a sign of brain disorder. An ophthalmologist can check you further and assist in helping control this. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to stop my eyelid twitching?

I need some tips on how to stop my eyelid twitching?

Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles within a muscle). Myokymia starts and stops spontaneously. In the eyelids, it can last a few minutes to a few days. It can be caused by stress, dry eyes, caffeine, lack of sleep. Reduce intake of alcohol/tobacco/caffeine, get rest, reduce stress. ...Read more

Dr. Donald McCarren
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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

Muscle twitching is caused by minor muscle contractions in the area, or uncontrollable twitching of a muscle group that is served by a single motor nerve fiber. Muscle twitches are minor and often go unnoticed. Some are common and normal. Others are signs of ...Read more