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Do Your Eyes Twitch? You Are Not Alone
Eye twitching or blepharospasm, is the uncontrollable, repetitive blinking of the eyelid – most often the upper lid. Most of us develop a twitch at some point in our lives. The spasm is often short lives, although it can occur over weeks or even months.
The cause of eye twitching is unknown. It is thought to be that the spasm is associated with fatigue, stress and high caffeine consumption.
The Types Of Twitches
There are three main types of eye twitches:-
It is thought that benign essential blepharospasm is caused by a mixture of genetic predisposition and environmental factors. Fatigue, stress or irritants (light, pollution, wind etc) are thought to be triggers for the disorder.
When to get help for your twitches.
Most often harmless, there are times however when it is imperative to seek medical help for twitching. If can at times (very rarely( be a symptoms of a neurological disorder such as Bell’s palsy, Dystonia, Parkinson’s disease or Tourette’s syndrome. If you have the following symptoms seek medical attention immediately:-
A cure for twitching
In most cases, the spasms will cease after a day or two. Reducing tobacco, alcohol and caffeine intake can speed this up. Using over the counter drops to treat dry eyes can also help by removing the cause of irritation to the eye and consequently the twitching.
For more serious forms of twitching there are treatments. For sufferers of benign essential and hemifacial spasms, botulinum toxins (marketed as Botox) can be used to immobilize the affected muscles. While relief can last for months, the effect will wear off and require re-application.
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