It is very strange when we are in public, and suddenly we feel our eyes start to tremble, for all to see. In fact, we have good news for you, those spasms are so minimal that other people may not even realize it and generally do not pose any threat to your health.
Still, they are very annoying, so let’s find out why they occur in the first place. We experience occasional eye twitching, and hopefully, we are ready to answer any questions you may have had about this irritating incident.
How To Know That Your Eye Twitch Is Harmless
Involuntary spasms of the eye are called myokymia and are directed primarily to the upper eyelid. They are completely unpredictable and typically last from a few seconds to several minutes.
In rare cases, they can last up to a full month. An eye twitch is painless and usually resolves on its own, so it doesn’t require any special treatment.
However, you should seek medical help if you experience the following symptoms:
- Your eyelid closes completely during muscle contraction.
- The spasms begin to affect the rest of the face.
- A twitch in the eyes lasts for several weeks.
- There’s a discharge present.
- Your eyelid appears droopy.
What Exactly Causes Our Eyes To Twitch And Ways To Prevent It
Digital Eye Strain
Another problem that causes staring too long at our screens is an eye twitch. Try to follow the 20-20-20 rule: look away from the screen every 20 minutes, concentrating on something 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds or more. Also, computer glasses can be a real lifesaver.
Lack of Sleep
If you don’t let your eyes get enough rest, they will take revenge on you with spasms from time to time. If you normalize your sleep schedule, the problem should go away.
Yes, our eyes can literally shrink if we are under a lot of pressure. Stress is also considered one of the most common reasons for spasms, so you should take it easy.
Yoga and breathing exercises are a great way to start, but everyone finds their own way to relax and find their zen.
If you are not getting enough nutrients, this may be one of the causes of your eye twitch. Vitamins and important elements directly influence our muscles and our nervous system, which are also responsible for keeping the eyelids stable. Also, stress often triggers poor food choices and we already know what too much stress and poor diet can do for us.
Too Much Caffeine
Too much caffeine is one of the most common irritants of the eyelids. Try cutting back on coffee, tea, and caffeinated beverages (also watch out for all the sugar in sodas) for a few weeks.
If your eye twitches go away, then you’ll know caffeine was the culprit.
How To Stop An Eye Twitch When It’s Happening
Apply A Warm Compress
A compress can help lubricate and relax the eye when it is in danger. Make sure the water is not too hot and apply a damp cloth to your eyes.
Once the cloth has cooled, soak it in warm water again. Keep it in the eye until the contraction completely disappears.
Tightly Squeeze Your Eyes
Close your eyes for a full minute and squeeze them all the time as soon as one eye starts to spasm. Relax your eyes for 10 seconds and repeat 3 more times.
How often do you feel a tic in your eyes? Do you have your own remedies to combat it?