What Prompts Eye Flickering Or Uncontrollable Eye Lid Spasms?


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Sarah Devine Profile
Sarah Devine answered
Usually it is one of three things that make the muscle in your eyelid twitch. These are fatigue, stress, and caffeine. Upon spasms commencing, they may linger for a few days. Then, they will probably disappear. In most cases, you won't even notice when the twitch has stopped.

But if the contractions are more severe the eyelid can close completely closes. These can be caused by irritation of the surface of the eye (cornea) or the membranes lining the eyelids (conjunctiva).

In the first instance it’s best to start treatment by getting more sleep, drinking less caffeine (Rooibos tea makes a nice alternative to teas and coffee) and lubricating your eyes with eye drops.

If the twitching does not disappear then you may have what is referred to as benign essential blepharospasm. It is a focal dystonia, a neurological movement disorder involving involuntary and sustained contractions of the muscles around the eyes. What with it being benign the condition is not life threatening but it can be severe enough to result in functional blindness. A sufferer’s sight remains normal but the eyelid is clamped shut, in effect making them blind. Benign essential blepharospasm is a fairly rare disease, affecting only one in every 20,000 people in the United States.

As a general rule, although it can be deeply irritating, an eyelid twitch is not usually a cause for concern unless the eyelid twitching does not go away within one week, there is redness, swelling, or a discharge from the affected eye. Other factors for concern can include the twitching involving other parts of your face, the twitching completely closes your eyelid or your upper eyelid is drooping.
If you have any of these symptoms then it is advisable to see your doctor as soon as possible.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I, too, have recently experienced frequent eyelid twitching in my right eye. This has been going on for about two weeks or so now. It occurs about every 10 minutes in my case and makes it difficult to concentrate or read. I have not been under any excessive stress, just the usual graduate student and family life stuff. I also get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night, if not more. If you are getting headaches or throbbing pain in your temples at the side of your head, go visit your doctor. Mine ordered an MRI of the brain just to rule out any underlying problems. Maybe this is what you need too.
Lisa michalski Profile
Lisa michalski answered
This is called Blepharospasms,(Ble-pharo-spasms) and it is abnormal blinking,BEB is a blinking disorder and is not considered life threatening,there is no real cause for it,they are referred to as eye muscle spasms or involuntary eye twitching if it gets worse which 4 days is long seek professional help,many people think it is torets,but it isn't the symptoms can be confusing,because they are almost the same. I hope this has helped you.
martha Profile
martha answered
This can be a real pain huh?  I have put an ice pack on it when it happens, or press my finger on the area as a counter pressure.  Helps sometimes, but this should go away on its own
Lisa Marie Halsey Muniz Profile
It could be due to many different reasons and disorders.  A disorder that causes this symptom is terets.  However, it is most likely probably an anxiety issue.  My friend has the same problem and has been tested for terets and she doesn't have it.  They put her on an anxiety medication that does help but doesn't completely take the twitching away.  You should see your doctor.
Aimee Rogers Profile
Aimee Rogers answered
Sometimes the eyelids can flicker uncontrollably because you are over tired. I have had this happen to me a few times and as well as being incredibly annoying, it is also quite worrying at the time too.

I was told that it is due to overtiredness and a little extra sleep should do the trick. However if you are worried about it, it would be a good idea to go to the doctor to have a little check up. Sometimes small things like this happen to us for no apparant reason, but generally it is because you are overtired or maybe stressed out too.Going to the doctors if it continues is advised but if not just catch up on your sleep!
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Stephen Hurley
Stephen Hurley commented
Thanks AimeeLou for that. Helpful.
Anonymous commented
I have heard this could be something called Dystonia. Which means involuntary muscle contrations. I get it in bright sunlight and if I am very stressed. Haven't had it checked out tho'.
John Dall
John Dall commented
I have had a flickering eye sensation for about two weeks now. I had my eyes tested about 10 days ago and the optition merely said that the cause was either lack of sleep or stress, as stated above. Well, by and large I don't doi stress, although I've recently come through a stressful experience. As for lack of sleep, I am sleeping more now than I have for the past 20 odd years. Any other thoughts?

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
These things happen often happen naturally for no apparent reason so don't worry. Try sleeping for longer than you usually would, even if that seems to be for a substantially longer time, just to catch up. And a boost in vitamin B may also help, try eating a healthier diet
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I have the right eye twitch / flicker and I have been taking vitamin B complex now for a month and nothing's changed. So Vitamin b deficiency may not be right. However I have been stressed for a long time through loosing my job and have a lot of sleepness nights.
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Anonymous answered
That happens to me iam 9 yrs old but its been happening for 1 year and six days
then it stopped and hasn't come back since .heres some advice try boiling  water and put normal lipton tea bags in the water and tack the tea bags out and put them on your eyes.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My right eye is flickering off and on all day and I want to know what could be causing it ?
Gentry Profile
Gentry answered
My eye has been twitching off and on for a month or two. I've been told that it's stress related. I just took on some more responsibilities in my job and ministry a couple of months ago, so it makes sense to me.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My lower eyelid has been jumping for the few days. What causes that and how to stop it?

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