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7 Reasons Your Eye is Twitching

Eye twitching is more common for the lower lid, but the lower lid can also get in on the action. Usually, eye twitches come and go and are nothing to worry about. But some eye twitches can last for a longer period of time, anywhere from a few days to a few years.

1. Stress makes your body react in different ways, and an eye twitch can be one of them, especially if you have eye strain. Relaxation techniques, like yoga, meditation, or spending time with your pets can alleviate your stress and your eye twitch.

2. Fatigue from lack of sleep can cause an eye twitch. Once you have caught up on your sleep and are no longer tired, your twitch should be a thing of the past.

3. Diet plays a strong role in your overall health. Things that contribute to poor health like too much alcohol or caffeine can make your eye twitch. Consider cutting back or eliminating excess caffeine and alcohol to help your eye twitch. Vitamin deficiencies may or may not contribute to eye twitching so check with your doctor to determine if this could be true for you before adding supplements to your diet.

4. Dry eyes are especially common in ages over 50 but using a computer frequently, certain medications, contact lenses, caffeine and alcohol and other lifestyle elements, including stress can contribute to dry eyes. If your eyes feel dry and gritty see an eye doctor to find out if adding moisture to your eyes will help your twitch.

5. Allergies that affect the eyes and make you want to rub them can spread histamines and histamines have been linked to eye twitches. Antihistamines, as drops or tablets help with allergy eyes, but they can also cause dry eyes, so consult your eye doctor before trying antihistamines.

6. Eye Strain because you need glasses, a new prescription or spend too much time looking at a screen (computer, tablet, phone, etc.) can cause eye twitching. Following the 20-20-20 rule can help reduce eye strain that leads to eye fatigue and twitching. The 20-20-20 rule means that every 20 minutes you should look away from your screen at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Consult a doctor if the eye twitching lasts for more than a few weeks or your eye completely closes with the twitch. Having difficulty opening and closing your eye or experiences twitches elsewhere in the body or redness, swelling, discharging and drooping are also present in your eye.

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