An eye twitch is an automatic blinking of the eyelid which you can’t control. This abnormal blinking may occur several times a day. If eye twitching is severe, it can cause health problems with the eyesight.
Poor sleep, whether because of emotional stress or some other reason, can trigger a twitching eyelid. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.
Eye infections, such as – blepharitis (usually occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes become clogged) or conjunctivitis (infection of the eye’s conjunctiva typically caused by a bacteria), could make your eyes twitch longer.
Also, the eye twitches may even be caused by eye irritation due to an injury to the cornea.
Eye twitching may be a side effect of some medications, especially medication used to treat psychosis and epilepsy.
The term psychosis refers to a non-specific syndrome that is described by bizarre behavior, loss of contact with reality, hallucinations, and delusions.
Medications to treat psychosis include:
- haloperidol (marketed under the trade name Haldol);
- thiothixene (an antipsychotic of the thioxanthene class);
- risperidone (sold under the trade name Risperdal);
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which the normal electrical and chemical activities between nerve cells in the brain become disturbed.
Medications to treat epilepsy include:
- sodium valproate;
- ethosuximide (sold under the brand name Zarontin);
- levetiracetam (marketed under the trade names Keppra);
About 40 percent of people in the United States say they frequently encounter stress in their daily lives.
A twitching eye can be a sign of stress, particularly when it is related to vision problems like – eye strain.
Dry eyes, caused by refractive eye surgeries like LASIK, skin diseases around the eye, certain medicines, lack of vitamins, or even hours of computer use, can lead to eye twitching.
When you have an allergy, it releases histamine (an organic nitrogenous compound involved in local immune responses) into your system, causing the body to react in different ways.
Similar to puffiness and itchiness around the eyes, an eye twitch is another common allergic reaction.
Among those who report this symptom, there is an indication that a lack of essential nutritional substances, like – magnesium, could be to blame.
Magnesium is also vital to muscle contraction, nerve transmission, energy production, blood coagulation, nutrient metabolism, and cell formation.
Eye twitching may also be a symptom of certain eye conditions, such as:
- abnormal function of the part of the brain which handles muscles;
- corneal abrasion (a scratch on your eye);
- uveitis (another type of eye inflammation);
- blepharitis (an inflammation of the eyelids);
- glaucoma (a condition which causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve).
Eye twitching varies from individual to individual. In most cases, only the upper eyelid twitches. You may also have other symptoms, like:
- dry eyes;
- eye irritation or pain;
- spasms of facial muscles;
- trouble seeing normally, especially if twitching occurs frequently;
- eyes feel sensitive to light;
- blinking faster.
Spiritual Meaning of Right Eye Twitching
Right eye twitching reveals the fear of gazing into the future and the fact that in previous experiences the individual did not want to see the suffering of close ones and refused to help them.
Spiritual Meaning of Left Eye Twitching
The feeling of hatred towards close ones, jealousy, and fear of looking ahead lead to the occurrence of left eye twitching.
Also, according to old popular belief, left eye twitching is a sign that something unpredictable and bad will happen, while right eye twitching is a good omen.
These symptoms commonly happen to people when they are overly tired. You should also take breaks any time you’re focusing your eyes intensely, like reading books or using a computer. Moreover, try to get restorative sleep every night.
Reduce Your Stress
Regularly being under stress can lead to this problem. Excellent methods to reduce your stress levels, include:
Meditation helps the mind and body to focus and relax. There are numerous forms of meditation to try – each one brings its own appeal.
It might seem contradictory, however, putting physical stress on your physical body through any type of physical activity can help relieve mental stress.
Also, regular physical activity will improve the quality of your sleep. Furthermore, regular exercise can lower the symptoms associated with anxiety and mild depression.
Even simply standing up to stretch during a break at work or a short walk around the office or can offer immediate relief in a stressful situation.
Note – according to studies, aerobic exercise is the best physical activity to reduce stress levels as it releases natural substances which help you to maintain a positive attitude and to feel better, called endorphins.
Connect With Friends & Family
A good support network of family and friends can help you see things in a different way.
Listen to Music
If you are feeling overwhelmed by a stressful situation, it is recommended to try taking a break and listening to relaxing music.
It is a desensitization-relaxation technique that was developed by Johannes Heinrich Schultz, a German psychiatrist. It utilizes the body’s natural relaxation response to counteract unwanted physical and mental symptoms.
Autogenics allows you to reverse your stress response easily by changing your physiology with your mind.
Aside from the obvious health issues of tobacco smoke (and second-hand smoking), nicotine acts as a stimulant that increases your stress levels.
Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with day-to-day stress, therefore, be mindful of what you eat.
For instance, eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (like flaxseed, walnuts, chia seeds, almonds, and red kidney beans) can reduce inflammation, plus, your stress system becomes more flexible.
Tip – avoid funk food, artificial sweeteners, and foods with lots of additives and preservatives since they release the stress hormone.
Chamomile tea helps to calm the nerves and reduce your stress levels.
Lower Your Caffeine Intake
Limiting your coffee, tea, chocolate, or soda intake may help to reduce eyelid twitching since caffeine is a stimulant that will increase your level of stress rather than reduce it and can cause eyelid spasms.