What are the symptoms of a twitching eye?

An eyelid twitch has the feeling of a flickering, quivering or gentle tug in the eyelid. It can be repetitive, occurring every few seconds for a couple of minutes.

For many people, it may be that it goes away after an episode like this, without you really noticing it. But it can come and go for several days for up to two weeks.

What causes eyelid twitches?

Eyelid twitches can occur at any time in your life, for no apparent reason. But there are a few lifestyle-related things that can trigger or worsen spasms, including:

  • Lack of sleep or tiredness
  • Dehydration
  • Feeling stressed or anxious
  • Eye strain
  • Eye irritation
  • Too much caffeine or alcohol
  • Side effects of certain medications

It can also be an indication of common eye conditions like blepharitisdry eye syndrome, or conjunctivitis.

How can you treat a twitching eye?

Treatment isn’t usually necessary for eyelid spasms, as they typically go away on their own after a few days, or a couple of weeks. As the common causes are lifestyle-related, there are a few things you can try in order to ease symptoms if they’re not going away:

  • Apply a warm compress to the affected eye to relax the muscles
  • Monitor your caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Take regular breaks from computer screens or television
  • Use eye drops regularly

Stronger and more frequent eyelid spasms could indicate a different type of eye twitch (benign essential blepharospasm) that develops later in life, usually in both eyes. Visit your optician or GP if you have any concerns about your eye twitch, or if your symptoms become chronic.

Did you know?

A twitchy eye can also be an indication of other common eye conditions. We’d recommend that you come in and see us if you have any concerns.

If you're worried about your eyes, call your store today to book an urgent eye health check. If your eye condition is accompanied by pain, vomiting/nausea, numbness or generally not feeling right - seek emergency care.