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Friday, April 21, 2017

What causes eyelid twitches?

Eyelid spasms may occur without any identifiable cause, and because they are rarely a sign of a serious problem, the cause is not usually investigated. Nevertheless, eyelid twitches may be caused or made worse by:

  • dizziness
  • eye irritation
  • eyelid strain
  • fatigue
  • lack of sleep
  • physical exertion
  • medication side effects
  • stress
  • use of alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine
If the spasms become chronic, you may have what’s known as “benign essential blepharospasm,” which is the name for chronic and uncontrollable eyelid movement. This condition typically affects both eyes. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but the following may make spasms worse:
  • blepharitis, or inflammation of the eyelid
  • conjunctivitis, or pinkeye
  • dry eyes
  • environmental irritants, such as the wind, bright lights, the sun, or air pollution
  • fatigue
  • light sensitivity
  • stress
  • too much alcohol or caffeine
  • smoking
Benign essential blepharospasm is more common in women than in men. According to Genetics Home Reference, it affects approximately 50,000 Americans and usually develops in middle to late adulthood. The condition will likely worsen over time, and it may eventually cause blurry vision, increased sensitivity to light, and facial spasms.
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