You may have experienced the eye twitch. Your eye may flutter involuntarily or may completely shut for a moment. Though this may cause distress and can be an annoyance, the twitch is typically benign.
Sometimes; however, an eye twitch could be indicative of a serious underlying health issue. With a variety of reasons your eye may twitch, it is best to visit an eye doctor to determine if there is a serious cause present. Let’s take a look at some causes of eye twitching and when it’s time to visit a doctor.
What Causes Your Eye to Twitch
Though the exact physiological mechanism for the eye twitch is yet undiscovered, there are a variety of causes for your eye to twitch, ranging from benign to serious.
Stress, both emotional and physiological, such as from a lack of sleep or over-exertion, can lead to your eyelids twitching.
Caffeine, the excitatory drug, has been shown to cause eye twitching in those who consume too much.
Reading, using the computer, or looking at a screen have all been shown to sometimes cause eye twitching.
In some instances, an infection of the eye or surrounding areas can lead to inflammation that causes eye twitching.
Neurological Issues and Disorders
The more serious causes of eye twitching can be due to neurological disorders, such as Bell’s Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis.
When Should You Head to a Doctor?
If your eye twitching does not go away on its own and it does not respond to decreasing caffeine intake, increasing sleep, reducing stress, or taking eye drops if you have dry eyes, then you should visit an eye doctor.
Your eye doctor can help determine the cause of your eye twitching and determine if further testing is needed to see if the cause is any one of the serious neurological disorders.
North Suburban Eye Associates in Boston Can Help
You need someone experienced and trusted to help determine the cause of your eye twitching. At North Suburban Eye Associates, we are proud to offer comprehensive eye care, from glasses to cataract surgery and everything in between, to the Wakefield, Waltham, and Winchester areas.
Our board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists are ready and willing to help you with any eye care needs. Your eye health is our top priority. Call today at 781-245-5200 to schedule an appointment.