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7 Things that Cause Involuntary Eye Twitching

Updated on December 18, 2012

Why do eye twitches occur? Is there any way to stop eye twitches?

When your eyelid or the area around your eye begins to twitch, it is not just an involuntary response which your body makes without a reason. Most often than not, your eye twitches because of seven life threatening causes.

Before this eye twitching turns into a health condition, arrest the cause as soon as you can!

1. Lack of Sleep

One of the most common causes of eye twitching is the lack of sleep which may also lead to a plethora of other health issues. Eye twitching is just an indicator that you need rest. When your muscles are in need of urgent repair, they send signals to your brain which comes in the form of sleeplessness; however, when you disobey any of these signs, your body has no choice but to send you signals through more evident ways, like involuntary eye twitches.

2. Stress

Stress is one of the leading causes of a plethora of ailments such as sudden fevers and flu, lower immunity, allergies, and most commonly, bodily and eye twitches. To lower the incidents of stress, learn to unwind when necessary, exercise proper time management skills and keep yourself healthy.

3. Computer Eye Strain

When you're in front of the computer for hours on end, you are exposing yourself to an unhealthy amount of radiation which can have different negative effects on your body. One of the many effects of continuous computer usage is eye twitching due to computer eye strain. Aside from causing involuntary twitches, computer eye strain may lead to macular degeneration and other eyesight problems.

4. Allergies

Allergies, or eye allergies, in particular, can manifest symptoms in several ways, such as involuntary eye twitches, redness, swelling of the eyes, and watery eyes. It is believed that allergens can pass through your tear ducts and travel through your tears. To combat eye allergies, try using anti-histamine eye drops regularly.

5. Food intake

There are several types of food which may cause eye twitching, and not to mention, several other eyesight problems. You should be careful with what you consume. Some types of food may be allergic, or might trigger eye allergies (see above) and others may simply cause eye spasms. One way to combat these eye spasms is to eat food plenty of magnesium and vitamin A.

6. Dry eyes

A lot of people suffer from dry eyes but severe episodes of it may also be accompanied by eye twitching or eye spasms. To prevent further eye twitches from happening, try to identify the cause of your dry eyes first by consulting with a doctor. Once you know the cause of your dry eyes, it will be easier for you to find a cure for your eye spasms.

7. Too much caffeine

For us, busy people, we turn to coffee when we're tired and stressed out, butaccording to doctors, too much caffeine may be the catalyst for a variety of eye-related conditions. Caffeine and alcoholic drinks can cause various types of nerve spasms, one of which manifests as eye twitching. If you have been experiencing to many eye spasms lately, cut down on your caffeine consumption.


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      Ergonomics 5 years ago from United States

      @Mary Merriment: Thank you! I think the best way to lessen eye twitching is to simply keep yourself healthy and never abuse your body. I wish you good health and thank you for your feedback :)

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      Mary Merriment 5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      Helpful ideas. I get eye twitches sometimes. Sometimes it may occur often for many days and then I may not have another issue for a long time. I've always wondered what brought it on. This will definitely give me some things to consider next time it occurs.