Reasons Why Your Eye Keeps Twitching: Eye Twitches, Explained

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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Eye spasms are often described as sporadic twitching under or around the eyes. Adult women are more prone to eye twitches, but anyone can experience them. Moreover, the spasms may vary in strength and speed, but they most commonly occur around the eyelids. In some cases, an eye twitch may be so strong that it causes a person to close their eye during each muscle spasm. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the duration of an eye twitch varies: most often, twitches last for days or weeks, but, in some cases, they can last up to months at a time. In this guide, we'll help explain possible reasons why your eye keeps twitching and what you can do to mitigate the symptoms or prevent said twitch from recurring in the future.