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Ask An Eye Doc: Why does my eye twitch sometimes?

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“Why does my eye twitch sometimes? Is there something to prevent this?” –Michael

Background

We get lots of questions from VSP members, so we’re working with doctors to answer them. In this edition, Michael feels like when gets an eye twitch he is winking at everyone.

The Breakdown on the Eye Twitch

When your eye starts to do the Harlem Shake on you, there are several things that could cause it. Three of the most common causes are being sleep deprived, over-caffeinated, or stressed out.

Minor eyelid twitches don’t require treatment and usually resolve on their own. In the meantime, the best thing is to try to get more sleep.

It’s also important to remember, while it might feel like you’ve just winked at someone 50 times, people don’t usually see what you feel. The twitches are so small and subtle; it’s likely no one but you noticed.

The Takeaway

If sleep, decaf, and yoga don’t make the twitch go away, it’s always a good idea to talk to your eye doctor. Long-term eye twitches could be a symptom of something more serious, but a majority of the time that’s not the case.

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This post and video were reviewed by Dr. Masoud Nafey, O.D.

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