Why Do Our Eyes Twitch?
23 June 2016
You had to be up at 6am to get to work on time through the peak hour traffic. The kids are at school, and you’re sitting at your desk, where you have been for the past six hours – your eye starts to twitch, and you can’t stop it.
Why does this happen?
Eye twitching happens when the tiny muscles and nerves around the eye are stimulated. In most cases, minor twitching is painless and will go away on its own. But what causes these random muscle contractions and how can we control them?
- Stress Can Induce Eye Twitching
Although everybody reacts differently to stress, a twitching eye is one tell-tale sign. When you’re in a stressful situation or trying to meet a deadline, try breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. This can help reduce your stress and hopefully reduce any eye twitches along with it!
- Moderate Your Caffeine and Alcohol Intake
Excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol has been known to cause eye twitching. Try consuming coffee, energy drinks, soda, and alcohol in small amounts and spread throughout the day.
- Get the Rest You Need
Fatigue is a common contributor to a twitching eyelid. Make sure you’re getting adequate rest to keep twitching at bay!
- Dry Eyes Often Cause Twitching
Dry eyes often cause eye twitches and involuntary blinking. Dry eyes may result from medications, long hours on the computer or other digital devices, or wearing contact lenses. If your eyes are often dry, try using artificial tears to relieve immediate symptoms and come in and see us if irritation continues.
- Try To Relieve Eye Strain
Eyes that work too hard and get tired more quickly than they should can trigger twitching. Eye strain often results from uncorrected vision problems or the need for a new prescription. Another reason for eye strain can be from the overuse of digital devices.
If digital eye strain is an issue, take frequent breaks when working on the computer for long hours and consider talking to us about eyeglasses that minimize strain.