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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

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Eye Blinking (Definition)

Eye blinking is the normal condition in all persons, who must blink to moisten, lubricate, and protect their eyes. Excessive blinking without an obvious reason can be a symptom of allergies, ...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

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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 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 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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What neurological disorder causes rapid eye blinking especially under stress as well as head movements?

What neurological disorder causes rapid eye blinking especially under stress as well as head movements?

Motor Tics: Motor tics are common and this is related to stress and it is one of the common movement disorders, motor tic commonly presents as eye blinking, gesturing of the face, head movement, shoulder thrusting and other sudden limb or trunk movement. Tics are involuntary but it can suppressed and aggrevated by stress also they are waxing and waning in occurrence. ...Read more