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December 2, 2013
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Ever Wonder Why Your Eyes Twitch?

Everyone has experienced that annoying twitch, or spasm-like pulsing in their eyes. It can be scary, but for the most part it’s a temporary irritation and doesn’t require extensive eye care. Dry eyes, eye inflammation, stress, fatigue are all possible reasons for eye twitches. Eye drops or cold/warm compresses can do the trick to help alleviate this symptom. If the twitching continues, try using some lid scrubs. Lid scrubs are moistened pads that help remove debris, bacteria and open up the meibomian glands. Meibomian glands release essential oils from the eyelids that lubricate the eyes. People who experience dry eye symptoms commonly use this eye care method. Smoking and excessive drinking can also cause eye twitches, so limiting those behaviors should help prevent them. If the twitching persists, one should see an eye doctor. A complete eye exam can determine if there are other factors attributing to the eye twitching.

In some small cases, the cause for eye twitching is due to what is called “benign essential blepharospasm,” which is an involuntary muscle contraction and spasm of the eyelid muscles. In severe cases, the spasm is so intense that it forces the eyelid closed. This is considered a functional blindness, and not a dysfunction of the eyes. These spasms can be treated with botulinum toxin injections that relax the muscles. Anyone experiencing a prolonged eye twitch should get checked out. Call the East West Eye Institute at 877-871-1684 or visit www.eastwesteye.com to set an appointment.

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