Eyelid tics, also known as blepharospasm, happen when your eyelid involuntarily and repeatedly twitches. This is a common condition that can be caused by different things. AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, your reliable eye care center, explains what you need to know about this condition:
What Causes Eye Twitches?
The exact cause for eye twitches at this point remains a gray area. However, it is known that there are multiple factors that may affect its occurrence. For example, problems with the basal ganglia, which is the part of your brain that controls muscle movement, can cause this condition. Constant lack of sleep and stress and an incorrect lens prescription can also tire out the ocular muscles and cause them to twitch.
What Are the Risk Factors?
High alcohol or caffeine intake is a risk factor for developing eye twitches. In addition, spending several hours in front of a blue light device may also lead to blepharospasm. As an eye doctor, we recommend using computer eyeglasses to be safe from the effects of blue light from computers, mobile phones, and other devices with screens. Recurring eye allergies, dry eyes and over-exhaustion can also increase the risk of your eyelids twitching.
How Is It Treated?
The treatment depends on the underlying cause of the eyelid tics. Ask your eyecare specialist for a thorough evaluation to find the best course of action. Comprehensive eye exams typically involve assessment of both your brain and and your eyes. This can help pinpoint the root cause of your blepharospasm.
If your lens prescription is incorrect, your optometrist may suggest changing the current prescription of your eyeglasses or contact lenses. They may also prescribe muscle relaxants to relieve your discomfort from the constant twitching. For severe cases of eyelid tics, surgery may be needed.
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