Eye twitching (myokymia) is usually harmless. However, it can also be a sign of a neurological condition. Vision Care Plus, your go-to clinic for contact lenses and other eye care services, shares what you need to know in today’s post.
When Eye Twitching Becomes a Cause for Concern
Occasional twitching in one eye is normal—persistent twitching isn’t. The eye twitching of a person with myokymia can last for a day, a month or even longer. If you’ve noticed that your eye has been twitching a lot lately, you should take note of your habits. Several factors can trigger eye twitching.
Not getting enough sleep can cause a host of symptoms, including eye twitching. Try to get a good night’s rest and see if your eye twitching improves.
Too Much Caffeine
If you’re trying to combat fatigue by drinking coffee and tea, you might want to cut back on your intake. That’s because caffeine can also be a trigger.
Digital Eye Strain
Digital eye strain stemming from too much screen time could also be a culprit. To reduce eye strain, follow the 20-20-20 rule: when you’re using a computer, make sure to take a break every 20 minutes. Look away from the screen and focus on an object approximately 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
Incorrect Prescription Lenses
Incorrect prescription lenses can also cause eye strain. If your eye twitching doesn’t seem to abate no matter what you try, it’s time to visit your eye doctor to see if your eyeglasses need to be upgraded.
While less common, eye twitching can also be caused by neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease, Bell’s palsy and multiple sclerosis. If you’ve avoided the aforementioned triggers but still experience frequent eye twitching, we suggest seeing your local eye doctor.
Looking for a reputable optometrist in your neighborhood? Vision Care Plus, a BBB-accredited clinic, offers a wide range of professional eye care services, including prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. To set up an appointment with our highly trained doctors, call us at (844) 201-5900 or leave us a message on this page. We serve homeowners in Camrose and Leduc, Alberta.