Twitching of Eyes: Know all about it

Do you also sometimes feel that one of your eyes blink too frequently that you can’t even stop it. Sometimes, it also affects both of your eyes. Your eyelid moves every few seconds for a minute or two. Firstly, doctors came up with a theory that it may be linked to stress, fatigue or too much intake of caffeine, but then gradually it was found out that they are strong spasms that could lead to complete shut and reopen of your eyelids. Sudden blinking is also called twitching of eyes.

What actually is eye twitching?

An uncontrollable spasm of muscles in the eyelid is called eye twitching, Its medical term is Blepharospasm. It occurs every few seconds and sometimes lasts even for minutes. It may arise for a period of days as well as months. It may also accompany irritation or infection in the eye. This condition is not painful but annoying. It might make you wink or squint all the time which could also be embarrassing.

Why is it caused?

Lack of sleep or stress could be one of the reasons of twitching of eyes. It can also be triggered by:

  • Excess consumption of caffeine
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Physical Exertion
  • Exertion in eye
  • Intake of Alcohol
  • Bright Light
  • Foreign body in the eye
  • Medication side effects
  • Sensitivity to the eye


Its symptoms include:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abnormal Facial Expressions
  • Pink Eye
  • Conjunctivitis

What are the complications?

Eyelid spasm may be the early sign of the more serious health nerve disorder. When the twitching gets worse, it could cause some complications:

  • Bell’s Palsy: It is one of the complications that could make one side of your face droop. The person in that case limp. Muscle on one side become weak or sometimes paralyzed. This condition is also called “Facial Nerve”.
  • Dystonia: It causes unexpected muscle spasms that could cause muscles to twist. It is considered as a neurological disorder in which muscles start contracting and further also start twisting.
  • Parkinson’s Disease: It is a neurological disorder in which a person experiences tremors, trembling limbs, muscle stiffness, difficulty in speaking as well as balancing problems.
  • Tourette’s Syndrome: It is one of the common neuropsychiatric problems that is characterized by vocalizations called tics. It can also be genetic.

When should you visit the doctor?

If you constantly feel irritation in the eye and have trouble with normal blinking, it is high time to consult the doctor. If you face other symptoms like:

  • Drooping upper eyelid
  • If your eye is red or swollen
  • If there is an unusual discharge from the eye
  • When twitching start affecting other parts of the body.

In these situations, it is necessary to visit your doctor.


Nowadays, eyelids spasm can go without any treatment. You just need to take some necessary steps in order to prevent this type of problem. Its most common cause is stress, excess intake of caffeine, fatigue. So, you must do something in order to prevent that kind of problems. To ease twitching, you can do following things:

  • Get sufficient amount of sleep
  • Consume less caffeine
  • When spasm begins, apply the warm patches to minimize the swelling

Botox can also minimize spasm for some time. It is necessary to get the diagnosis from your doctor and follow all the necessary measures.

So, in future, if you feel any unusual activity in your eye, don’t take it lightly. Talk to your doctor.

That’s all for this topic. Do share this with your family and friends and keep them aware. Stay Healthy Stay Safe