Help for twitching eyelids
July 2, 2008 11:26am CST
One of my favorite magazines has a medical column. One of the questions presented was what could be causing the reader's eyelid to twitch. I have this problem sometimes and I know it drives my sister nuts! According to the column doctor, the twitches(myokomia) are nothing to worry over. It starts in the brain where the muscle movement is controlled. It is not a sure thing on why it occurs. Some contributing factors may be stress, fatigue, eyestrain and seasonal allergies. Most times, the twitches will slow down or stop on their own. The writer of the column did suggest that if the twitches keep it up, an over-the-counter antihistamine eyedrop could help. It's not a cure but it can slow the twitches down. A gentle massage of the width of the eyelid for a minute or two several times a day can help prevent the twitches. It is suggested in the column that if the twitches are not relieved in a week, see the doctor to find out what the underlying problem may be. I hope this helps out a bit. information from: First magazine,July 21, 2008 issue, Doctor on Call, Donnica L. Moore, M.D.
• United States
2 Jul 08
Sometimes I experience a twicthing in my eyelid and I find if I close it and rest it for a few minutes that it tends to stop but if that doesn't work, I gently pull my eyelid down and over the bottom lid and it lessens and or completely takes away the twitch.
• United States
3 Jul 08
Yeah, I have the eye twitches regularly and they can last for weeks, which seem like forever! I have also read that they can be inherited. Thanks, Mom! She used to complain of them, too. I'm pretty sure that mine are due to fatigue, stress, allergies and migraines. Have them all! I also wonder if caffeine can trigger them?