Why is My Eye Twitching?


Woman Squinting Holding Glasses Up Rubbing Eye From Eye Twitching

We have all experienced occasional eye twitching, but sometimes it persists longer than usual. An eye twitch is a common involuntary spasm or slight movement of the upper or lower eyelid. There are a variety of triggers that you can avoid to lessen the possibility of eye twitches.

What Can Trigger Eye Twitching?

Eye twitching is common and can often be rooted in small triggers. These triggers include:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Bright light
  • Caffeine
  • Fatigue
  • Eye irritation
  • Eyestrain
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Wind or air pollution

How Do I Limit Eye Twitch Triggers?

Stress and lack of sleep can often directly lead to eyelid twitching. To determine your trigger, write down which factors overlap with your eye twitch when they occur. Once you have whittled down what the potential triggers can be, you can then proactively avoid them to your best ability. For example, if you find that your trigger is stress, you may want to consider incorporating relaxing activities such as meditation or walking. You can use blue light blocking lenses if you experience eye strain from computer use. Moreover, limiting caffeine and alcohol intake is a simple step that can eliminate eye twitching, if that is your trigger. More importantly, talking to your eye doctor at Corrective Eye Center about your triggers and coming up with a preventative plan will be your best plan of action.

When Should I be Concerned?

If your eye twitching lasts a long time, or if it is accompanied by other signs and symptoms, you should make an appointment with your eye doctor. We will be able to review your medications in case it is a side effect, develop a plan of action for your triggers, or eliminate the possibility that the eye twitching is related to a brain and nervous system disorder.

If you are experiencing severe eye twitching, contact us by calling (216) 574-8900 to schedule an appointment with Corrective Eye Center. We can monitor your eye health and discuss what treatment options would work best for you!