Eye twitching is usually caused by fatigue, stress, excessive amounts of tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and a few other factors. But even doctors aren’t sure about the exact reason for what causes eye twitching.
A significant number of allergies such as irritation and dry eyes can cause eye twitching. In some cases, eye twitching can present a symptom of a more serious and severe neurological disorder such as blepharospasm (also known as abnormal blinking or spasm of the eyelids) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Statistics show that in the US only more than 2000 cases develop every year, in mid to late adulthood blepharospasm is more likely to develop in women than in men.
If detected on time blepharospasm is not that serious. You might be more sensitive to light, get blurry vision and even your entire face can start twitching as the condition progresses.
If the eye twitching lasts for only a few minutes it’s not something you should be worried about. However, if it lasts for more than an hour than you should consult a doctor.
If you experience any of the symptoms bellows we recommend that you see a doctor as soon as possible.
- The upper eyelid starts drooping.
- Twitching causes the eyelid to close completely
- Eyes start to swell and you get red eyes or notice eye discharge.
- Experience spasms on your entire face.
If the condition is more serious than your doctor will redirect you to a neurologist or other specialists. It is highly important that you get a detailed checkup to make sure there is no neurological disorder.