We’ve probably all experienced a sudden and unexplained twitching in our eyelids before. It usually happens when we least suspect it, and often at the most inappropriate time. It feels uncomfortable, strange and we worry that it’s incredibly distracting and noticeable to others. Thankfully, you’ll be pleased to know that although your eye twitch feels as though your entire eyelid is spasming, it’s usually completely unnoticeable to others.
But this isn’t the only thing that you should know about eye twitching. If your eyelid twitched it could be for several reasons, and if it’s becoming a regular occurrence, then you might want to consider reaching out to your doctor for advice. In the meantime, I’ve gathered some important facts about eye twitching in adults that everyone should know.
What exactly is an eye twitch?
A pulling or flicking sensation on your eyelid is how we usually describe this strange sensation, although it has a proper name – myokymia. Although it sounds scarier than it really is, myokymia is actually very common amongst adults of all ages. Our eyelids twitch due to when the nerve endings in the area decide to go into spasm, and while the idea of any part of our body going into spasm is an utterly terrifying notion, you should know that it’s not a serious eye condition and not something you should be worried about.
When our eyes twitch the sensation can last from a couple of seconds to several minutes or in some cases even days! It’s incredibly annoying, but understanding the reasons why your eye might be twitching can help reduce the likelihood of it reoccurring.
So, what is the cause?
There are several causes behind eye twitching, and thankfully you’ll be able to reduce the impact these factors have on your life, quite easily. The most common factors include:
- Stress: A high percentage of us experience stress on a regular basis. Stress can trigger the nerves that are connected to your eyelid to spasm, causing an eye twitch. It’s unpleasant, but a sign that you’re clearly under a lot of pressure. Listen to your body, and find ways to alleviate the stress you’re under.
- Screens: Technology plays a huge part in our everyday lives, and although we’d struggle to live without it, it can also have some detrimental effects on our eyes. Consider wearing blue light blocking glasses and taking regular breaks away from your screen.
- Dry eyes: Again, this can also be linked to excessive screen time. This can make your eyes go into spasm if they’re dry and in need of hydration – it’s your body’s way of telling you to blink more!
- Tiredness: Very few of us are getting enough shut-eye. And if your body is overtired, then your eyes will certainly let you know. Try to get more rest!
When to see the doctor
If you’re worried about your twitching eye, then try not to panic. Reach out to your doctor for further information and advice.