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What causes your eye to twitch?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Cause is uncertain

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.

In brief: Cause is uncertain

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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Dr. Tal Raviv
Ophthalmology

In brief: Stress

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: Stress

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. Rebecca Dale
Ophthalmology

In brief: Fatigue, dryness

Common causes for a funny little eyelid twitch include surface irritation of the eye (such as dryness) and fatigue.
If both eyes are twitching, that's something different (usually blepharospasm), and can be treated with botox. If not just the eye but the side of the face is twitching, see your eye care provider, as a small percentage of people with this symptom need an MRI to r/o a problem ...

In brief: Fatigue, dryness

Common causes for a funny little eyelid twitch include surface irritation of the eye (such as dryness) and fatigue.
If both eyes are twitching, that's something different (usually blepharospasm), and can be treated with botox. If not just the eye but the side of the face is twitching, see your eye care provider, as a small percentage of people with this symptom need an MRI to r/o a problem ...
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Dr. Francine Yep
How long has your eye been twitching? What changed before this? Any caffeine? Any adrenalin-producing medicines, over-the-counter drugs [decongestants, weight-loss supplements], herbs [ginseng, ma huang, dong quai]? Do you twitch anywhere else or have any other symptoms? If yes, then think about things that affect your whole body like hormones.
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