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How Can I Get My Eyelid To Stop Twitching
Get more sleep.: Eyelid twitching is due to overacting nerve impulses to the eyelid muscles. Reduction of caffeine, nicotine or stress will help. Stop burning the candle at both ends and get more real sleep. It may take a week or more for these solutions to work but no real harm is done from the twicthing. Rarely, the twitching is a spasm and might require Botox injections so you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Bottom right eyelid has been twitching off and on all through the day for 2 weeks. Should i be worried? How do I get it to stop?
Muscle spasm: What you describe sounds like a common condition called orbicularis oculi myokymia. It's a type of spasm in muscles around the eye. It tends to present in times of stress. It can cause the vision in that eye to vibrate, as well. If symptoms are severe or not resolving over time, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Eye twitch: In the lids there exists a muscle that is called mueller's muscle. It responds to your circulating adrenaline, whose production by the body happens in response to stress. Local conditions such as cysts, concretions (calcium deposit) may be a physical cause that may induce mueller;s muscle to twitch. ...Read more
Eyelid soaks/scrubs: One of the most common causes of eyelid twitches is inflammation in the oil glands of the eyelashes. Search "blepharitis". Hot compresses followed by scrubbing the edge of the eyelid with q-tip wet with hot water and a tiny dab of johnson's baby shampoo and control (but not cure) blepharitis. ...Read more
Eye Twitch: Yes. Focus on your breathing and, at the same time, try to determine why you are becoming anxious. If you can, use a calming, pleasant image to help calm yourself. Practice this until you can summon the image whenever you need it. Combined with slow, regular breathing, you can control your anxiety. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Artificial tears: Eyelid twitching is usually the result of drying of the eyes, allergy, or air polutants. Cool compresses will help. Artificial tears will help lubricate the eyes. If you think it's allergy there will be reddening of the eyes. For allergy try Optivar or Zaditor (ketotifen) drops from the drug store. ...Read more
Benign: Most "muscle twitches" involving eyelid are secondary to myokymia, which is a benign flickering, usually associated with eyestrain, fatigue, stress, bright sunshine, etc. But blepharospam may explain your twitch, and, if painful, or increasingly uncomfortable, have your eye specialist evaluate, and treat as appropriate. ...Read more
Rest: This twitching of the eyelid is known as myokymia. It is triggered by stress, caffeine use and lack of sleep. It typically lasts for a few weeks and goes away by itself. It is not of concern unless the twitching spreads to other parts of your face, if that happens, see your doctor immediately. ...Read more
Many options: Treatment depends on the cause of the spasm. Make sure your electrolytes are normal. If it was caused by too much eye straining, try to relax. Get a good night sleep. In severe cases, Botox injectons can help (approved to treat blepharospasm). Most cases will resolve on its own or with relaxation. If not, check with your doc to discuss other options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
My right eyelid has been twitching for about 2 days . It won't stop . Why is it twitching & how do I make it stop ? (16, female)
Good sign: Sexual excitement creates a great deal of nervous triggering in the body which is part of the delight. In you case apparently the lid nerves fire a little and the lids twitch. I assume you are masturbating privately so noone else is observing this. So what is the problem? It is not harmful. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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