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My left eyelid has been constantly twitching for over a week now. Should I be concerned?
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Generally not but...
While seldom serious, this symptom is a sign that something is out of balance and the cause should be addressed.
The most common causes are stress, fatigue, excess caffeine & nutrient deficiencies. Often supplementing with magnesium (ideally as glycinate or taurate), rest & stress reduction will help. If this persists, seek care. See http://www.Allaboutvision.Com/conditions/eye-twitching.Htm.

In brief: Generally not but...
While seldom serious, this symptom is a sign that something is out of balance and the cause should be addressed.
The most common causes are stress, fatigue, excess caffeine & nutrient deficiencies. Often supplementing with magnesium (ideally as glycinate or taurate), rest & stress reduction will help. If this persists, seek care. See http://www.Allaboutvision.Com/conditions/eye-twitching.Htm.
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
Fine eyelid twitching can be benign / physiologic variant, or a sign of some underlying neurologic disorder. If there are no meds, infections, electrolyte disorders, and not stress or lack of sleep related, then shouldn't be concerned.
If more of the face is involved, then needs to be checked out. Since it hasn't resolved for over a week, then should have an eye exam to rule out blepharospasm.

In brief: Possibly
Fine eyelid twitching can be benign / physiologic variant, or a sign of some underlying neurologic disorder. If there are no meds, infections, electrolyte disorders, and not stress or lack of sleep related, then shouldn't be concerned.
If more of the face is involved, then needs to be checked out. Since it hasn't resolved for over a week, then should have an eye exam to rule out blepharospasm.
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Dr. Tal Raviv
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
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.

In brief: No
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.
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Dr. John Downing
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not usually
Lid twitching is usually a fatigue symptom, but if it persists or happens frequently, you should have an eye examination by an ophthalmologist.

In brief: Not usually
Lid twitching is usually a fatigue symptom, but if it persists or happens frequently, you should have an eye examination by an ophthalmologist.
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Don't fret
Eyelid twitching is usually caused by tiny unorganized contractions of parts of the eyelid muscle.
Causes can include stress, poor sleep, dry eyes, constant eye rubbing or nothing in particular. If left alone, most benign forms of twitching resolve within a few weeks. Cold compresses, sleep and stress relief may shorten the duration. If it hurts, or lasts more than 2 weeks, see an eye doctor.

In brief: Don't fret
Eyelid twitching is usually caused by tiny unorganized contractions of parts of the eyelid muscle.
Causes can include stress, poor sleep, dry eyes, constant eye rubbing or nothing in particular. If left alone, most benign forms of twitching resolve within a few weeks. Cold compresses, sleep and stress relief may shorten the duration. If it hurts, or lasts more than 2 weeks, see an eye doctor.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology
In brief: Naah
Very common disorder. Typically comes for a few weeks and then goes.
If persist for more than a month- go to ophthalmologist, but doubtful any cause will be found.

In brief: Naah
Very common disorder. Typically comes for a few weeks and then goes.
If persist for more than a month- go to ophthalmologist, but doubtful any cause will be found.
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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology
In brief: Eyelid twitch
You are most likely suffering from blepharospasm, which may be caused by stress, fatigue, dry eye, allergy, or caffeine use.
Try to get plenty of rest, consider using an artificial tear such as theratears three times a day for a week. If you are not noticing any improvement in a week or two, make an appointment to see an ophthalmologist. If your entire face is twitching, see a doctor right away.

In brief: Eyelid twitch
You are most likely suffering from blepharospasm, which may be caused by stress, fatigue, dry eye, allergy, or caffeine use.
Try to get plenty of rest, consider using an artificial tear such as theratears three times a day for a week. If you are not noticing any improvement in a week or two, make an appointment to see an ophthalmologist. If your entire face is twitching, see a doctor right away.
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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology
In brief: Maybe
Many times, mild twitching of the eyelids is a benign problem. It can be caused by use of stimulants such as caffeine or tea.
Also eye irritation and squinting can cause this. If it continues or worsens, please see an ophthalmologist, it may be blepharospasm.

In brief: Maybe
Many times, mild twitching of the eyelids is a benign problem. It can be caused by use of stimulants such as caffeine or tea.
Also eye irritation and squinting can cause this. If it continues or worsens, please see an ophthalmologist, it may be blepharospasm.
Dr. David Kira
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