An occasional eyelid twitch can be somewhat of a nuisance. However, if you have an eyelid that seems to twitch with amazing regularity, you are more than distracted on a routine basis. Eyelid twitching can occur for a number of reasons. When you can rule out what may or may not be behind your trembling lid, you can move closer to resolution.
Fatigue. One of the most common causes of eyelid twitching, or blepharospasm, is fatigue. If you’re not getting enough shut-eye, your eyes will suffer. To determine if this is the true cause of your shivering eyelid, set a timer to go to bed a little earlier each night.
Stress. We all carry a certain amount of stress around on a daily basis. Sometimes, the load becomes too much and the body responds in all sorts of strange ways. A twitchy eyelid is one of them. There are ways to decrease stress, such as going for a walk each day or spending a few minutes in silence; no phone, no music, just silence (this can do a lot more than you may imagine).
Tired eyes. Eye strain is a common side effect of living in the technological age. Most of us stare at a screen several hours a day. Even if those hours are not in succession, the strain on the eye having to focus on a small screen can be great. Another way that eye strain may occur is by wearing an outdated eyeglass or contact lens prescription. Stay up to date on eye exams, and cut down on screen time to see if your eyelid calms down. Also, wear sunglasses every day.
Caffeine. Here is an interesting phenomenon. We don’t get enough sleep, so we reach for coffee or other caffeinated beverages to give us the energy we need to handle all of our daily stressors. The consequence of getting all hopped up on caffeine is that the body actually feels more stressed, and will ultimately crash from fatigue. Plus, caffeine is a twitch-trigger. Cut back and see what happens.
Lifestyle changes do not always do the trick and ending a frustrating twitch. If you are at your wits end with a twitching eyelid, call Fante Eye & Face Center in Denver. A quick Botox treatment may be just what you need.