Almost everyone has experienced some form of eye spasm, often described as sporadic twitching under or around their eyes. The spasms can vary in strength and speed, commonly occurring around the upper eyelids, but sometimes occurring in the lower eyelids around the upper cheek. In some cases, an eye twitch can be so strong it causes a person to slightly close his or her eye for every muscle spasm. The duration of eye twitching varies, and can sometimes last for days, weeks and even up to months at a time. Here is a guide to help explain why your eye keeps twitching and what you can do to stop or prevent it from reoccurring.
Eye twitching is a common condition and is more of an annoyance than anything else. Rest assured, the majority of instances of eyelid spasms are indicative of minor health problems that can easily be remedied:
The most obvious symptom of eyelid spasms is if your eye keeps twitching involuntarily. There is no solid explanation as to why eye twitching may vary in severity, or why it seems to disappear and reoccur at random. You can try to reduce or relieve your eye twitching by avoiding any of the potential causes. Aside from constant eye twitching, other symptoms include sensitivity to bright lights and blurred vision. In most cases, eye twitching should not affect your vision, no matter how severe.
In extremely rare cases, an eye twitch may be indicative of a more serious health condition like:
Eye twitching caused by any of these disorders are typically more severe than a simple eye twitch. In most cases, both eyes would be twitching or another portion of the face would be suffering from an involuntary muscle spasm.
Symptoms of a common eye twitch should subside within several days. However, seek medical attention for the following cases of eye twitching:
If you find yourself suffering from a severe eye twitch, don't panic, you probably just need to get more sleep. Eye twitching is just one of those body signals that indicate you are not taking care of yourself. In cases where the eye twitching is severe and your eyelid is forced completely shut, contact your physician immediately.