Why does your eye twitch? Causes, treatment and prevention

Why does your eye twitch? Causes, treatment and prevention

An eyelid twitch, or myokymia, is a repetitive, involuntary spasm of the eyelid muscles.

Eyelid twitches are by eye irritation, eye strain, lack of sleep, dry eyes or too much caffeine.

If the spasms become chronic, you may have blepharospasm.

This condition typically affects both eyes and is more common in women than in men.

To ease eye twitching, try drinking less caffeine, getting adequate sleep and keeping your eye surfaces lubricated.

You can even apply a warm compress to your eyes when a spasm begins.

For chronic conditions, doctors may recommend antibiotics, surgery or other treatments depending on the exact cause.