Are you in the habit of batting your eyelashes but do not bat an eyelid about it? Well, then you are inviting serious trouble for your eyesight because eye twitching is not something that you can take lightly. It can be a sign of many ailments. If you too feel that you have a habit of batting your eyelids involuntarily and are hounded by the query- why does my eye keep twitching, our article is a must-read. It will tell you about eye twitching in detail as in what is eye twitching, what causes it, what can you do to prevent it, and other things that are related to the query.
1. What is Eye Twitching?
Also known as blepharospasm, eye twitching refers to the constant, involuntary blinking of the eyelid. In this condition, the person suffering from the ailment, has no control over the movement of his eyelids and finds it difficult to keep his eyes open.
2. What Causes Eye Twitching?
The causes of eye twitching are a lot in number but some very common causes are overtiredness, stress, spending long hours before TV or computer screen and too much intake of caffeine.
Eye twitching is also a sign of eye related ailments such as blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids), dry eyes, light sensitivity and pinkeye.
Certain mental diseases and nerve disorders such as Bell’s Palsy, Dystonia, Parkinson’s disease and Tourette’s syndrome also reflect their onset or presence through eye twitching.
The side effects of certain medications may also cause eye twitching and these medications include drugs that are used to cure ailments such as epilepsy and psychosis.
3. What are the Types of Eye Twitching?
Eye twitching can take several forms. The most common and harmless form is known as minor eyelid twitch. The one that is a little more severe is known as benign essential blepharospasm and the last one that is quite severe is known as hemifacial spasm.
The minor condition is caused by lifestyle factors like stress, excess intake of caffeine, etc. It may also have a relation with irritation on the surface of the cornea or conjunctiva. This is mostly painless and does not last for more than two weeks. Mostly it disappears on its own and does not require medication except some home remedies.
The second form of eye twitching i.e. benign essential blepharospasm is more common in women than in men. It mostly affects people in middle age and can interfere with your daily life functioning if you do not get it treated in time. It can lead to loss of vision and a condition where your eyes stay shut for hours.
The third form is the most severe but it affects very small number of people. It not only affects the eyelid but also the muscles around the mouth. It affects only one side of the face.