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What Causes Rapid Eye Blinking
What neurological disorder causes rapid eye blinking especially under stress as well as head movements?
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
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
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
Variable: Blepharitis is irritating, so some blink alot, some rub, some tear etc. ...Read more
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
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
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
Burning eyes: This would suggest you have a tendency for a dry eye syndrome. ...Read more
Is there a medical basis for left eye blinking superstition? A blinking left eye is supposed to be bad.
Nope: Its the curvature of the cornea not being perfectly equal in all directions. ...Read more
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
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
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
What does excessive eye blinking and nose scrunching in a child with a severe abuse history indicate?
Can eye blinking in kids recur? . I can see my kid's blinking who is 4 yr old is completely gone and with in 2 weeks again came. Reason?
Normal: Eye blinking tics are very common in the 4 yo age group. Tics in general come and go depending on stress or illness. They can occur in 25% of kids. If they become embedded with other tics or noises, then there is a possibility of a motor movement disorder. If your child recently had a strep infection, see your doctor as the tics may be an early symptoms of pandas. ...Read more
What drug is safe for 50yrs man for dry eyes. No prob in tears. Just dry eyes and feeling as if he has strange object in eye. Frequent eye blinking?
Dry eye: See an eye MD for confirmation of dry eye diagnosis. How do you know there is "no prob in tears"? Dry eye can result from deficiency in tears or problems in the oil layer or mucus layer of the tear film. Proper diagnosis guides the treatment which may include artificial tears, Restasis, punctum plugs, flax seed oil, or even surgery depending on the cause and severity of the condition. ...Read more
Depends: There are a few serious causes for eye twitch, but usually is lack of rest, too much stress or caffeine, so the basic treatment is improve rest, cut down caffeine and stress, exercise helps re-direct energy and decress stress. If it worsens, changes, or doesn't improve in a week, can see eye doctor for medication and surgical options for this. ...Read more