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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


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What causes twitching eyes?

What causes twitching eyes?

Irritation: The most common reason for twitching of the eyes, is local irritation such as dry eyes and allergies.

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Why is my eye twitching?

Why is my eye twitching?

Common problem: Eyelid twitching (myokymia) is a common and largely unexplained problem. It usually goes away on its own but sometimes this takes 3-4 weeks. Occasionally, taking some calcium supplements seems to help shorten the episode.

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What causes eye twitching?

Stress, fatigue etc: Commonest cause of eye twitching is stress, followed by fatigue, sleep deprivation, stimulant use (even simply coffee). Other conditions causing eye twitching (much less often) include certain movement disorders (e.g. Tourette's, blepharospasm), focal epilepsy.

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What causes eye twitching?

What causes eye twitching?

Myokymia (if no tic): Random twitching of an eyelid or another small facial muscle, 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. It can last a few minutes to a few days. One should see a doctor if such symptoms persist, keep recurring, or are combined with any other symptoms.

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What causes eye lid twitching?

What causes eye lid twitching?

Eye lid twitch: This is benign, but annoying at times and will usually resolve itself. It is often associated with fatigue, anxiety or tension. A refraction should be performed to resolve an associated untreated refractive error.

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I am experiencing eye. Twitching.

I am experiencing eye. Twitching.

Blepharospasm: This is a condition called blepharospasm, which is thought to be due to a misfiring of certain types of neurons/muscles which control eye blinking (creating the twitching). Since the cause can be multifactorial, understanding a history and doing a physical exam is important to best address therapeutic options. Please see your doctor for further evaluation if it becomes bothersome.

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What can I do about eye twitching?

What can I do about eye twitching?

Twitch: Twitching can be a symptom of stress. Consult your physician for workup and treatment, to rule out medical causes.

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Why does my left eye keep twitching?

Why does my left eye keep twitching?

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

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What are the causes of eye twitching?

What are the causes of eye twitching?

Common problem: Eyelid twitching (myokymia) is a common and largely unexplained problem. It usually goes away on its own but sometimes this takes 3-4 weeks. Occasionally, taking some calcium with magnesium supplements seems to help shorten the episode. Be sure to be getting plenty of rest and avoid extensive eye straining such as long hours in front of computer. If the problem does not resolve see your eye doc.

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What can be the reason for a twitching eye?

What can be the reason for a twitching eye?

Often unknown cause: Trembling 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. One should see an ophthalmologist (md eye doctor) if such symptoms persist, keep recurring, or are combined with any other symptoms.

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What can be done to stop eye lid twitching?

Lifestyle changes: Involuntary twitching of the eyelids can improve with adequate rest, caffeine cessation, and adequate magnesium intake via foods high in magnesium including almonds and bananas.

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What can I do to fix frequent eye twitching?

What can I do to fix frequent eye twitching?

Myokymia: Twitching of the eyelid is called myokymia and is typically experienced in response to stress, lack of sleep and excess caffeine use.

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The bottom of my left eye has been twitching?

The bottom of my left eye has been twitching?

Twitching Eyelids: This is a sign of stress. It may be best to figure out what is stressing you out and then to work on resolving the issue.

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My eye is constantly twitching and I'm diabetic?

Eye twitch: Eye twitching, or blepharospasm, is usually a result of dry eye, allergy, stress, fatigue, or caffeine intake. Try some artificial tears first, and if the symptoms persist, call you local ophthalmologist. Most eye twitches are benign, but if half the face twitches, there may be an underlying health problem.

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My left eye keeps twitching. What can cause that?

My left eye keeps twitching. What can cause that?

Myokymia: Usual cause is orbital myokymia, a rather benign disorder associated with fatigue, eye strain, electrolyte imbalance, lack of sleep. See an eye specialist and get this addressed.

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What can I do to get my left eye to stop twitching?

What can I do to get my left eye to stop twitching?

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.

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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.