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Full-time nursing student. Left eyelid twitch for 3 weeks straight. Can stress cause twitch for this long; or more likely vision problems b/c lasting?

Full-time nursing student. Left eyelid twitch for 3 weeks straight. Can stress cause twitch for this long; or more likely vision problems b/c lasting?

Benign but annoying: Eyelid fasciculation or twitching is usually from fatigue, stress or even low serum potassium levels. There is no easy answer for stress related side effects except to become mentally disciplined to resist stress. Look at it this way, your body has a barometer or gauge to help warn when to relax. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kermani
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Eyelid Twitching (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Can amitriptyline cause eyelid to twitch? On ami for ibs-d. Not currently anxious or stressed. Right eyelid twitch for two weeks. No other neuro sympt

Can amitriptyline cause eyelid to twitch? On ami for ibs-d. Not currently anxious or stressed. Right eyelid twitch for two weeks. No other neuro sympt

Dry eye related: Your eye lid is probably twitching due to ocular surface drying, or possibly due to irritation from your eyelids. Ocular dryness is common with antidepressants. I recommend trying artificial tears every 2 to 4 hours for a few days and as necessary thereafter to see if this settles your twitching. Moderately warm eye lid compresses followed by gentle cleansing with baby shampoo may also help. ...Read more

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Why has my eyelid been twitching for a week?

Why has my eyelid been twitching for a week?

Usually benign: Most common cause for twitching of the eyelids is probably "orbicularis myokymia", essentially a spasm of the eylid muscles for no apparent reason. There may possibly be a connection with stress. If the twitching stops on its own within a few weeks, usually nothing needs to be done about it. A more forceful, and long lasting twitching could be "blepharospasm" and should be evaluated by an eye md. ...Read more

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Eyelid twitch for over 3 weeks, should I be concerned?

Called myokymia: Twitching of the lid is common in the middle years. It is random and not precipitated by any known pathology. Mostly it is subtle and you can feel it but others cannot see it. Rubbing the twitching lid commonly stops it. Some think extra calcium and magnesium cut down the incidence. Be assured that it is benign and will not harm the eye or vision. See your ophthalmologist for reassurance. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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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 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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