This Is What It Means When Your Eye Starts Twitching. It May Not Be Good!


Eye twitching is defined as involuntary spasm of the muscles in the eyelid.  It is very common among people and we all agree that it is quite uncomfortable.

According to Mayo Clinic,
Eyelid twitching (myokymia) affects only the eyelid. It can involve either the upper or lower lid, but only one eye at a time. The eye twitching can range from barely noticeable to bothersome. The twitching usually goes away within a short time but may recur over a few hours, days or longer.

Causes of Eye Twitching

Researchers haven’t found the real cause of twitching, which made them quite frustrated. However, an extensive research conducted by Mayo Clinic proposes several reasons for eye twitch. They are as follows:

  • Alcohol
  • Bright lights
  • Excessive caffeine
  • Fatigue
  • Smoking

The eye twitching disappears within very short period of time, as quickly as it has appeared. However, sometimes this feeling can be a sign of something more serious than smoking or drinking. In some cases it can indicate blepharitis, a chronic inflammation of the eyelid, or even ALS, which is more serious condition.

You should consult your doctor in case you experience some of the following symptoms:

  • If the upper eyelid begins to droop
  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Twitching lasting more than one week
  • Twitching that extends to the rest of the face
  • Twitching that causes the eye to completely close


The first thing you should do is make sure that the cause of your twitching is not something like ALS. You should consult your doctor if the twitching doesn’t stop.

If the eye doctor find outs that the twitching is result of poor lifestyle, stay away from the “triggers”, including smoking, alcohol consumption, coffee intake, and stress.

Take a look at the video below for more detailed information!

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