What is an Eye Twitch? How Can I Get Rid of it? ( Myokymia )

By Dr. Richard Barnstein

Most people I know at one time or another have had that annoying eyelid twitch. If you haven’t, it’s when a part of your eyelid pulsates over and over, seemingly coming out of nowhere. For the person that has it, the eyelid pulsation appears like it’s so pronounced that anyone can notice it when they see you. It can last from a few minutes, up to hours, and even days and weeks. What can you do about it? A lid twitch (myokymia) is a spastic, muscle contraction inside of the lid, often related to stress, fatigue, eye strain, caffeine, dry eyes, allergies, and alcohol. I used to get them sometimes while in optometry school before big tests. I often joke with patients that what they need is a nice vacation! Whatever it is that you usually do to try and relieve stress may alleviate the symptoms some. I would exercise to help with stress back in the school days when I did get lid twitches. Most of the time eyelid twitches are harmless. Sometimes an eyelid twitch with both lids can be associated with blepharospasm and hemifacial spasms, which can be more serious and should be examined by an eye doctor. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Have a great day!

About Eyedrbarnstein

Dr. Richard Barnstein is an optometrist / partner with Professional Vision in the Baltimore area. ( Timonium and Carney ) Professional Vision is a boutique eyecare practice, with fashionable designer frames and sunglasses. We have an eye doctor available for eye appointments for contacts, comprehensive eye exams, and treatment of eye emergencies 6 days a week, at Timonium & Carney. Dr. Richard Barnstein, a Baltimore native, graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University) in 1994. He attended James Madison University (1987-90) where he was accepted early into optometry school. Dr. Barnstein is therapeutically licensed to treat eye disease, and diagnoses and manages glaucoma. He also specializes in difficult contact lens fittings, dry eye disease, and LASIK co-management. Dr. Richard Barnstein is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Maryland Optometric Association. Dr. Richard Barnstein enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 children, and puppy goldendoodle. He's an avid Ravens, Terps, and Orioles fan, and loves live music. Profession Vision on Twitter Dr. Richard Barnstein on Twitter Check out Dr. Barnstein's Live Music and Sports Blog, Farmerstanproductions!
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