You may have been startled when you first experienced sudden, involuntary twitching of your eyelids. Also referred to as blepharospasm, this condition causes your ocular muscles to produce rapid and continuous movements. AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, your trusted provider of LASIK co-management and other eye-care services, discusses some possible reasons for this problem.
Drinking Too Much Coffee
Many individuals drink coffee jumpstart their day. While indulging in this caffeine fix may help you feel energized, this habit may actually be doing more harm than good for your health. Coffee, as well as tea and chocolates, has a high caffeine content.
When caffeine is consumed in large portions, it may overstimulate your nervous system, causing your brain to speed up your bodily processes. As a result, you may feel jumpy, excited and jittery. You may also experience uncontrolled eyelid jerking. A workaround for this problem is to consume caffeinated drinks in moderation.
Changes in Your Visual Acuity
Refractive errors may progress over time, resulting in changes in your visual acuity. This means your current lens prescription may not be enough to give you sharp eyesight. As a result, your eyes are forced to work harder so you can see as clearly as before, which may tire out your eyes. Fatigue may cause the muscles controlling eyelids to twitch involuntarily. Visit your optometrist so we can perform an eye exam and upgrade the lens power of your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Lack of Good Night’s Sleep
Having a good night’s sleep helps your body in different ways. For one, it helps your tired muscles, including those controlling your eye movement, rest after a day’s work. This is why your eyes usually tense up and twitch whenever you lack sleep.
Doing close work and other visually demanding tasks for an extended time may exhaust your eyes. Using gadgets for long hours, in particular, may also result in computer-vision syndrome. Also known as digital eye strain, this pertains to the visual discomfort you feel after dealing with electronic devices for a prolonged period. It may also cause spontaneous eye spasms. Wearing computer eyeglasses and resting your eyes regularly are some good ways to manage this problem.
If you’re experiencing blepharospasm, or, for any other eye-care concerns, call us at (757) 772-0086. You may also fill out our form to schedule a consultation. We serve Norfolk and nearby communities in Virginia.