Eye twitching, eyelid tics and spasms can be fairly common. These issues usually present with one eyelid one eye being involved, but the entire eye can feel like it is twitching at times. Normally this feeling comes and goes, but it can sometimes last for weeks or even months. There are three types of eye twitching: Eyelid Myokymia, Benign Essential Blepharospasm and Hemifacial Spasms. Eyelid Myokymia or Minor Eyelid Twitch are generally due to lifestyle factors such as
+ Eyestrain (especially from computers)
+ Lack of sleep
Sometimes, the twitching can be a sign of more significant conditions like
+ Dry Eyes
+ Blepharitis (inflamed eyelids)
More serious forms of eye twitching can be caused by neurological conditions such as blepharospasms or hemifacial spasm, where an entire eye spasms, or both eyes spasm. These conditions are much less common, and maybe a sign of a brain or nerve disorder such as:
+ Bell’s Palsy
+ Parkinson’s Syndrome
In rare cases, some eye twitches maybe a side effect of certain psychosis or epilepsy medications.
Treatment to eyelid twitching depends on the cause. Resolving the underlying cause is key. With that said some of these types of twitches can be successfully treated with Botox injections that help stop muscle contractions. To make an appointment to see one of our doctors about this issue, call (586) 296-7250.