Many people experience occasional eye twitching. Consistent twitching, while annoying, can also impact your daily activities. The good news is that with some minor changes to your daily routine, you can easily relieve eye twitching. These changes will not only help alleviate your twitches but improve your overall eye health.
According to Mayo Clinic, most occurrences of eye twitching are not life-threatening or even cause for concern.
Here are the most common habits that cause eyelid twitches and facial spasms:
- Reading too much or working long hours on the computer
- Lack of sleep
- Excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption
- If this sounds familiar, keep reading for some simple solutions.
Some of these solutions are easier than others, but they are all important in increasing your overall wellness, in addition to reducing the frequency of eye twitches.
If you work in an industry where a large portion of your day requires you to sit in front of a computer or read extensively, consider taking a short break from your work every hour.
Frequent twitches can signal the onset of eye strain. Taking a walk around the office to relax your eyes will prevent eye strain and reduce the occurrence of eyelid spasms.
Stress and lack of sleep are common in high-stress lifestyles. Adding stress-reducing activities like yoga or meditation to your daily routine can reduce stress and increase your ability to achieve restful sleep and prevent eyelid twitches.
While it is common to indulge in a cup of coffee or the occasional alcoholic beverage, frequent and prolonged consumption of alcoholic and caffeinated stimulants can increase the frequency of eye twitches.
You should consider reducing your intake of these substances if you consume more than three cups of coffee or alcohol daily.
If you have tried to treat your eye twitches, and relief continues to elude you, schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist. Further investigation may also reveal that you need a stronger corrective lens prescription.
There are many over-the-counter and prescription eye treatments that can quickly alleviate your twitches.
If these treatment options are ineffective, your eye twitching may be a symptom of something more serious, and the ophthalmologists at Specialty Eye Institute can help.
Serious conditions like blepharitis, or clogging of the eyelash oil ducts, can be painful and should be treated with medication to prevent permanent complications. Similarly, other conditions like chronic dry eye and light sensitivity can occur at any age, and an ophthalmologist will create a personalized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms.
If you experience eye twitching and headaches, your twitches increase in intensity and last for more than a few days, or treatment does not stop the condition, contact your ophthalmologist immediately because this can be a sign of a degenerative eye disease or neurological condition.
The most important rule for treating eye twitching is to monitor your overall eye health and continue to visit your ophthalmologist every year because your eye twitching is a reminder to manage your physical health as well as your daily habits.